"If I were him, I'd drop this drivel and start thanking his team. Without them, he doesn't win."
--Lance Armstrong, responding to Astana teammate and 2009 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador. On Monday, the day after the race ended, the Spanish champion told reporters that he "never had great admiration" for Armstrong and "never will." The two battled for the role of team leader during the three-week race, and when Contador pulled ahead in the mountain stages, Armstrong retreated to a support role and finished third. Now that Armstrong has announced he will be leaving Khazakstan-based Astana to form his own squad backed by Radio Shack (RSH), the rival teammates are coming clean with their true feelings. Contador has yet to sign with a new squad, and although clearly talented, he seems to have forgotten there's no "I" in "team." --Jessica Shambora
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On Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner disappointed with too few details on the new bank bailout.
On Wednesday the bank CEOs got flogged in Washington - one more indignity after schlepping there on the Delta Shuttle or Amtrak's Acela.
President Obama scored with the $789 billion stimulus bill. But it emerged, after plenty of compromise, leaner than most economists had hoped for. Obama's MOREPatricia Sellers - Feb 13, 2009 3:45 PM ET
"I figure the faster I pedal, the faster I can retire."
--Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, who retired from cycling in 2005 after setting the record for victories in the grand tour. Yesterday VeloNews.com leaked the news announced in a story on Vanity Fair's website today that Armstrong, 37, intends to return to professional cycling to seek an eighth yellow jersey. Although Armstrong had professed to be content with MOREJessica Shambora, Writer-Reporter - Sep 9, 2008 6:20 PM ET
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