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Vasseur rips Lance, teammates rally(9 posts)

Vasseur rips Lance, teammates rallyElefantino
Mar 8, 2002 7:14 AM
From Cycling News:

French cyclist Cédric Vasseur has criticised his former US Postal teammate Lance Armstrong, who he rode for in the 2000 Tour de France but wasn't selected in 2001. In "La France cycliste", the official journal of the French Cycling Federation, Vasseur said that he had an "overall negative memory of my time spent racing with Armstrong."

"Lance is a good example of a sportsman because he can be hurt," specified Vasseur, who now rides for Cofidis. "But at the human level, he is very disappointing. I still do not know why I was excluded in the 2001 Tour. The correct thing would have been for Lance to have called me to explain his choice. I have the feeling I was used like a pawn and I do not like that".

Vasseur believed he was short changed after the prize money was handed out from the 2000 Tour. "For him it was probably the equivalent of half a day's pay," he said, also criticising Armstrong for flying to races by private plane and being escorted by a bodyguard.

Armstrong has not yet reacted to the statements, but several of his teammates have. In Thursday's edition of Marca, Roberto Heras, Chechu Rubiera and George Hincapie all gave their comments.

Heras said that "To me, it doesn't seem to be correct what Vasseur has done. It is not ethical. For me, Armstrong is the opposite, a great companion."

Jose Luis Rubiera also had good words to say about Armstrong. "Everything I can say about him is good," he said. "He has always been super generous to me and even gave me a prime for my behaviour at the Tour. I told him once that I had a friend who had cancer and I wanted to find out where to take her, he went to work immediately. I really only have good words for him and I feel like a lucky man riding by his side, because he even shares his private plane with us when necessary. In fact, if he hadn't have been sick I would have travelled to Murcia in his plane."

George Hincapie commented: "I just can't believe that he even thought of saying that. I don't see him that way, Lance is totally different and I can say that he voluntarily changed his program to help me in some of the Classics. They criticise him that he has an aeroplane, but should he give it up if it makes life easier for him? In the USA, cycling is better known because of Lance and he helps cancer patients."
Vasseur is just mad because he thinks he's good,TJeanloz
Mar 8, 2002 7:22 AM
It's amazing what a few days in the yellow jersey will do to a French cyclist. Even if those days were just a gift- because the field let you go and build a lead knowing you weren't a threat.

Vasseur is just mad because he wasn't selected to the TdF team last year. And he thinks it's his right to be on the team, given that he's French, and he's worn yellow. It's nobody's right to be on the Tour team- it gets picked per who Lance and Johan think will give Postal the best chance of victory.

Luckily, Vasseur is French, so he will be able to have cheese with his whine.
I wondercyclopathic
Mar 8, 2002 7:26 AM
what Livingston or Tylor would say if they didn't wanna keep mouth shut?

don't take me wrong I am taking no sides. Just a bit sceptical real Lance lives up to that sugarcoated reflection of his.
It's kind of ironicgrandemamou
Mar 8, 2002 7:59 AM
that he complains about shabby treatment and now rides for the team (Cofidis) that treated Armstrong so shabbily. He may be right. LA always struck me as being totaly focused and driven he would probably have little tolerance for a wannabe like Vasseur.
It's kind of ironickey
Mar 8, 2002 8:54 AM
At the end of the day, as much as we all love cycling and the stories, it is still a busines. LA like any great champion needs to surround himself with the talent to win. No one ever criticized Jordan for being a cut-throat leader when he was winning titles. It's a business and teams pay there teams to ride and win in Le Tour!
Well said (nm)grandemamou
Mar 8, 2002 10:21 AM
Victors are not judged. Screw Vasseur.tz
Mar 8, 2002 10:24 AM
He's French AND he's full of sour grapes. That sums it up! -NMTig
Mar 8, 2002 1:14 PM
We may owe Cedric an apologyMcAndrus
Mar 8, 2002 4:44 PM
We'll have to see if the retraction is true but this was just posted on Cycling News.

An article in cyclingnews yesterday quoted former US Postal team member Cédric Vasseur as saying he had an "overall negative time racing with Lance Armstrong". That statement was incorrect according to Vasseur, who said that it was quite the opposite.