January 27, 2010
Definitely not an optimal situation for Alberto and pretty amazing he was able to ignore all the distractions and just perform. Talk about mental toughness. That boy, or whoever mentored him during this time, should take a page from Lance's entourage and write a book on self-motivation. Someone knows what they are doing. Now if he could just improve a bit on the PR side. Of course, controversy is good for the profile of the sport. So the trash talk may not be an entirely bad thing.
Something interesting I just noticed about last year's Astana kit. Besides the fact that their jerseys don't match in the top TdeF photo. If you were Alberto, wearing Lance's Livestrong brand on your left sleeve and left leg would be kinda suck, don't you think? He might have asked "How about putting the pistol on the right sleeve? But for that you need a pistol charity. Perhaps the NRA? Great personal incentive for Alberto to get the yellow jersey - no Livestrong logo. Although still stuck with Livestrong on the shorts.