Alberto Contador strolled into Paris holding onto a 39 second lead to win the Tour de France for the third time in his career. Contador had essentially clinched the victory by holding onto his lead during stage 19 Saturday and things went according to plan on Sunday. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg was second and Denis Menchov of Russia was third.
Lance Armstrong finished 23rd in his final Tour de France. He was actually the inspiration for a controversy that resulted in a 15 minute delay to start the race. Lance’s radio shack team all put on black jerseys with number 28 on the back to represent the 28 million people fighting cancer but they were forced to change back.
Contador joins Greg LeMond, Louison Bobet and Philippe Thys as a three-time Tour champion and he celebrated by sipping a flute of champagne.
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