Contador wins 2010 Tour de France, Armstrong’s final farewell
For the third year in a row, Alberto Contador is the Tour de France champion. “It was complicated at times,” he said on the winner’s podium at the Champs-Élysées after the final stage in the three-week, 2200-mile race.
It was tight – Contador ended up only 39 seconds ahead of Andy Schleck and two minutes ahead of Denis Menchov. “I was so close, but in the end it’s so far away,” said Schleck, who wore the yellow jersey for six days. The Saxo Bank rider relinquished the maillot jaune in Stage 15 when he dropped his chain and Contador raced ahead. It was a pivotal moment that changed the outcome in favor of Contador. And the debate may never end on whether Contador’s move was foul or fair.
Mark Cavendish won the 63-mile final stage in Paris on Sunday– beating the other top sprinters by several bike lengths. Cavendish won five stages in this year’s Tour, but he failed to win the prestigious green points jersey. Alessandro Petacchi received that honor, beating a disappointed Thor Hushovd, who won the green jersey last year.
Lance Armstrong bid farewell to the Tour and his cycling career, but not before one more visit to the podium. RadioShack won the award for best team, which is calculated by adding up all of the overall finish times of its nine members. “Comeback 2.0 is done,” Armstrong wrote on his Twitter site.
Of 197 riders who started the Tour on July 3, 170 of them finished. It was an exciting Tour– one of the toughest, according to senior riders. I hate to see it end. And it will never be the same without Armstrong. It is the end of an era– familiar words– but this time, it’s certain. Au revoir, Tour fans. I can’t wait until next year.
Le Tour Babe