The Lance Armstrong era is long gone, and now we have a new top champ at the Tour de France: Alberto Contador, the Spaniard who just won the 97th edition, with Andy Schleck from Luxemburg finishing in second and Denis Menchov from Russia in third. Contador had a fierce battle with Schleck during the whole tour, and at the end, the 27 year old road bicycle racer from Spain managed to won over the Luxembourgian for the 2nd straight year.
When asked what was missing from the Tour, direct Christian Prudhomme said in a jokingly way that the only thing that the tour lacked was a French winner, as the last Frenchmen who managed to come up with the overall victory was Bernard Hinault, 25 years ago.
But apart from that, he mentioned that this is probably one of the best tours in years, due to many factors that include the hand-to-hand rivalry between the current winner and Schleck.
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Contador is now one of the big names in cycling, and even though he might not be able to win seven tours in a row as that is a tough task to accomplish, it is quite possible that he will actually Lance Armstrong’s record in a few years. The American is well aware of his current situation, and knows that he probably has maybe one more tour ahead of him, but he is clear about the superiority of the Spaniard, which is why stood beside the winner’s podium and applauded the great work of ‘El Pistolero’.
The Spaniard was the overall winner, but the last stage of the competition was won by Mark Cavendish from the UK. This meant the fifth stage win for the British and the fifteenth of his career, and it was his second straight win at the Champ Elysees, but at the end it was just not enough to win the top sprinter green jersey as that one went to Italian Alessandro Petachi.
Lance Armstrong was not contending for any individual prizes at the end of the tour, in fact, he finished 23rd overall, which is a clear statement of what is coming from him, and that is precisely why the American prefers to utilize his 7-time champion glory for other purposes, such as helping people with cancer, as shown at the finishing line on Paris, where he and his teammates from Radioshack all wore black jerseys with number 28 on the back, symbolizing the twenty eight million survivors of this disease in the globe.
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