<snip>“The Tour was a bit of a joke this year. I’ve got nothing against Sastre … or Christian Vande Velde,” he was quoted as saying shortly after the race last year. “Christian’s a nice guy, but finishing fifth in the Tour de France? Come on!”
<snip>“And as it has been reported in the press … I was disrespectful to Carlos Sastre, Christian Vande Velde—the guys who were a presence in last year’s Tour, and that was not correct,” Armstrong added.