Bruyneel defends 2009 Tour de France strategy during Armstrong-Contador 'war'

US cyclist Lance Armstrong R Spains Alberto Contador L and manager Johan Bruyneel of Astana Team pose before training on the Spanish Canary Island of Tenerife on December 5 2008 Seventime Tour de France winner Armstrong announced his comeback to cycling after a threeyear hiatus earlier this year Astana announced that the 37yearold Texan would race the Tour de France in 2009 having originally implied his focus would be on a maiden Tour of Italy instead AFP PHOTO Jaime REINA Photo credit should read JAIME REINAAFP via Getty Images
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Former Astana sports director Johan Bruyneel has made a lengthy defence of his track record in the 2009 Tour de France, after a recent interview by Alberto Contador revived interest in the bitter power struggle between teammate Lance Armstrong and the young Spanish champion in the race.

Last week, Contador had argued in an interview with YouTuber Valentí Sanjuan that   - among other flash points during the 2009 Tour - he was left isolated by his team on stage 3 when there were echelons and also risked being deliberately hampered by team orders on the road to Andorra four days later. 

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.