5 Dec 2008

Armstrong says he supports Contador

8:01 am on 5 December 2008

Seven-times Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has been full of praise for his new Astana team mate Alberto Contador.

The duo will ride the Tour together next year after Armstrong, back in action after a three-year retirement, confirmed this week he would again take part in the famous race.

At an Astana training camp in Tenerife, Armstrong says Contador has a tremendous amount of talent, he's the best cyclist in the world.

Tensions appeared to rise earlier this year when Spaniard Contador, who won the Tour in 2007, threatened to leave if he was not guaranteed team leadership.

Armstrong, however, has played the issue down saying there are some unwritten laws in cycling that say the other riders support the better rider.

37-year-old Armstrong, who triumphed on the French roads every year between 1999-2005, will resume competitive cycling in next month's Tour Down Under in Australia.