I realize this is a late question, but I'm brand new to this forum. After Stage 17 of the TDF, AC was being slammed for leaving Andreas Kloeden behind to attack the Schleck brothers. From what I've read on other websites and in the press, there are two definite camps on this. The LA supporters all say that AC was being a bad teammate and costing Astana a podium sweep. LA even Twittered about it. The AC supporters say that he was simply trying to protect his lead and prevent the Schlecks from putting time on him. I heard that AC apologized to Kloeden afterward. From what I saw on Eurosport, it appeared that AC was talking to Kloeden before he attacked and that Kloeden didn't have the legs to go with AC.
The one person I haven't heard from on this issue is Kloeden. What was his reaction to what happened in Stage 17? It would have been interesting (to me at least) to hear what Kloeden had to say. Does anybody know? It would be nice to know the real story, which probably lies somewhere between what the AC and LA camps have been saying.