After three weeks of racing and after 2,141 miles of challenging mountains and trials, the strongest man wore the bright yellow color at the end of the Tour de France on Sunday: Alberto Contador of Spain.
Where was Lance Armstrong, you ask? The American ended the Tour at a notable third place, after being out for four years. "I came here to do my best, and I came across some guys who were clearly better than me," said Armstrong. "I don't have any regrets."
Alberto Contador, of the Astana team, won the race by 4 minutes and 11 seconds over Andy Schleck. Seven-time Tour winner Armstrong, fell behind Contador by 5:24. The 26 year-old Spaniard had also won the race in 2007.
Armstrong had some humble and positive things to say about Contador after the race was over.
“Contador is that good, so I don’t see how I would have been higher than that, even in the other years,” said Armstrong, who won the Tour seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005 before retiring. “I think his performance this year would have beaten my performances in ’01 and ’04 and ’05.”
Armstrong at 38 years-old, turned out to be the second-oldest rider to finish among the top three at the Tour. He made it known that he plans to ride in next year’s Tour and will be competing for the new Team RadioShack, that is based in Austin, Texas.