After being kept in suspense for weeks, Lance pulled the completely unexpected move of joining team Astana. Although it was tough to pinpoint any reason why he'd make such an arbitrary move, I think Nikolai Proskurin, the "Federation deputy chief" (whatever that means) of the Kazakhstan cycling federation finally nailed it down:
"If people say that they want to join this team, it is a sign that they must hold Kazakhstan in great regard."
Yeah, I'm sure that's it.
Pobre Contador. There's only one person in the history of cycling that could make a winner of all three grand tours take a back seat, and that person just joined the team that Contador happens to be on.