Armstrong-Contador Rivalry “good For Cycling”

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — The rivalry between Tour de France champions Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador is healthy and good for cycling, the president of the sport’s world body, Pat McQuaid, said Saturday.

Contador won last year’s tour as a teammate of Armstrong’s but has since been critical of the seven-time Tour winner, saying their relationship was virtually “nonexistent.”

Armstrong has more tactfully denied Contador’s claims that he lacked support from his Astana teammates and team management during last July’s Tour.

McQuaid told a news conference in Adelaide on Saturday, during the Tour Down Under, that the war of words between Armstrong and Contador was better than the doping controversies that have often hurt cycling.

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