You know who I hold responsible for this entire LA vs CA business? I'll tell you. Johan Bruyneel that's who. I manage people for a living and a vital part of management is that your people know their roles and scope of responsibility. There is no room for ambiguity when it comes to managing people and people will usually work their asses off for you if they know what you expect.
Back in Oct of 2008 (http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/cyclin...ory?id=3649470) when AC learned LA would be joining the team he remarked "The only thing is that at the Tour de France, where we have the same objective, it's better that the whole team knows who the leader is" and he said he expected Johan to clearly define roles. Obviously that never happened. He also said his working relationship with LA was "very good". Can you imagine going into the tour not knowing who the leader on your own team was? That sets up a natural LA vs AC within the team. The nonsense about "whoever is stronger in the mountains will be the leader" was idiotic and we're seeing the fruit of that stupidity now.
Lastly, I like LA and I like AC and I cannot wait to see them compete but all this he said she said nonsense is the fault of Johan. He may know strategy but when it comes to people he's lacking an elementray understanding. The pre-race and race drama proves it. If you want to hate on someone hate on Johan, he deserves ALL the credit for the stupid we see in the papers.