Contador lashes out at Armstrong in Madrid

Two-time Tour champ struggled with Armstrong this season

Tour de France winner Alberto Contador on Monday launched a stinging attack on teammate Lance Armstrong, saying relations between the two were tense throughout the race.

"My relationship with Lance is non-existent. Even if he is a great champion, I have never had admiration for him and I never will," the Spaniard told a news conference in Madrid.

Contador won the Tour on Sunday with a comfortable lead over his rivals. His Astana teammate Armstrong, a seven-time Tour de France champion who came out of retirement for the 2009 event, came third.

"It was a delicate situation, tense, the two riders who had most weight on the team did not have an easy relationship and that puts the rest of the technical staff and the riders in an uncomfortable position," said the 26-year-old, who also won the Tour in 2007 for Discovery Channel, with Johan Bruyneel as director.

But "we knew that if kept cool heads, there would be no big problem."

He also described as an "enormous blunder" the playing of the Danish national anthem when the Spaniard stepped up to the podium on the Champs Elysees on Sunday.

Contador is to be feted later Monday in his native town of Pinto near Madrid.

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