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Cavendish celebrates with number six on the Champs-Élysées

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There was daylight to the rest as Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) claimed the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris

There was daylight to the rest as Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) claimed the final stage of the Tour de France in Paris (Image credit: AFP)
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How sweet it is: Alberto Contador (Astana) drinks to his success

How sweet it is: Alberto Contador (Astana) drinks to his success (Image credit: AFP)
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Astana teammates Lance Armstrong, Yaroslav Popovych and Alberto Contador enjoy a well earned tipple

Astana teammates Lance Armstrong, Yaroslav Popovych and Alberto Contador enjoy a well earned tipple (Image credit: AFP)
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The jersey winners line up for the traditional celebratory snapshot

The jersey winners line up for the traditional celebratory snapshot (Image credit: AFP)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) swings around the bottom corner

Alberto Contador (Astana) swings around the bottom corner (Image credit: AFP)
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Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil-Shimano) was part of the doomed break that got away on the early laps of the Champs-Élysées

Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil-Shimano) was part of the doomed break that got away on the early laps of the Champs-Élysées (Image credit: AFP)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) claims the first win by a Briton on the Champs-Élysées

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) claims the first win by a Briton on the Champs-Élysées (Image credit: AFP)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) enjoyed his ride to Paris.

Alberto Contador (Astana) enjoyed his ride to Paris. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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There was plenty of time for Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) to celebrate.

There was plenty of time for Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) to celebrate. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Columbia-HTC goes one-two with Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw.

Columbia-HTC goes one-two with Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alberto Contador (Astana

Alberto Contador (Astana (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish(Columbia-HTC) celebrates win number six of this Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish(Columbia-HTC) celebrates win number six of this Tour de France. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) wins the final stage of the Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) wins the final stage of the Tour de France. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Alberto Contador enjoys some champagne with his Astana teammates.

Alberto Contador enjoys some champagne with his Astana teammates. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Mark Renshaw knows his teammate's got this one in the bag

Mark Renshaw knows his teammate's got this one in the bag (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw celebrate on the Champs-Élysées

Mark Cavendish and Mark Renshaw celebrate on the Champs-Élysées (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC)

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish stamps his authority on the final sprint of this year's Tour de France

Mark Cavendish stamps his authority on the final sprint of this year's Tour de France (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Number six for Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC)

Number six for Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Points classification winner Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam)

Points classification winner Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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King of the mountains Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas)

King of the mountains Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Best young rider Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank)

Best young rider Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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One more yellow top for Alberto Contador

One more yellow top for Alberto Contador (Image credit: Sirotti)
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A very happy Alberto Contador (Astana)

A very happy Alberto Contador (Astana) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Contador acknowledges the applause

Contador acknowledges the applause (Image credit: Sirotti)
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'Chapeau'. And 'chapeau' to you too

'Chapeau'. And 'chapeau' to you too (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) congratulates Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) as Alberto Contador looks on

Lance Armstrong (Astana) congratulates Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) as Alberto Contador looks on (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Spaniard Alberto Contador listens to his national anthem

Spaniard Alberto Contador listens to his national anthem (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) looks content on the podium in Paris

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) looks content on the podium in Paris (Image credit: Sirotti)
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A new Tour experience for Lance Armstrong as he stands next to the top step of the podium

A new Tour experience for Lance Armstrong as he stands next to the top step of the podium (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Lance Armstrong (Astana) leads Alberto Contador (Astana)

Lance Armstrong (Astana) leads Alberto Contador (Astana) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador (Astana)

Alberto Contador (Astana) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton race into Paris

The peloton race into Paris (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Contador continues safely in the peloton

Contador continues safely in the peloton (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton turns off the Champs-Élysées

The peloton turns off the Champs-Élysées (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton turns onto the Champs-Élysées

The peloton turns onto the Champs-Élysées (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Columbia-HTC control the race for their man, Mark Cavendish

Columbia-HTC control the race for their man, Mark Cavendish (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) navigates his way through Paris

Alberto Contador (Astana) navigates his way through Paris (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The most dominant sprinter of the 2009 Tour de France, Mark Cavendish, acknowledges the crowds in Paris

The most dominant sprinter of the 2009 Tour de France, Mark Cavendish, acknowledges the crowds in Paris (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) collects the stage winner's trophy

Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC) collects the stage winner's trophy (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) claims his second successive best young rider prize

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) claims his second successive best young rider prize (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador (Astana)

Alberto Contador (Astana) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) was a deserving winner of the Tour

Alberto Contador (Astana) was a deserving winner of the Tour (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) sends his signal

Alberto Contador (Astana) sends his signal (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) and his spotty brood

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) and his spotty brood (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Lance Armstrong (Astana) await the Spanish national anthem

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Lance Armstrong (Astana) await the Spanish national anthem (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The final general classification podium

The final general classification podium (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Lance Armstrong (Astana)

Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Lance Armstrong (Astana) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Another Tour trophy for Alberto Contador (Astana)

Another Tour trophy for Alberto Contador (Astana) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Astana also collected the teams classification

Astana also collected the teams classification (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas), Thor Hushovd (Cervelo), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) display their jerseys

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas), Thor Hushovd (Cervelo), Alberto Contador (Astana) and Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) display their jerseys (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Astana were the first team to arrive on the Champs-Elysees

Astana were the first team to arrive on the Champs-Elysees (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The most famous boulevard in cycling

The most famous boulevard in cycling (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thor Hushovd surrounded by his Cervelo teammates

Thor Hushovd surrounded by his Cervelo teammates (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Astana were on hand to escort Contador to his second Tour de France title in Paris

Astana were on hand to escort Contador to his second Tour de France title in Paris (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador (Astana)

Alberto Contador (Astana) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador stays safely tucked away in the peloton

Alberto Contador stays safely tucked away in the peloton (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador (Astana) and Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank)

Alberto Contador (Astana) and Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Andy and Frank Schleck ride together alongside Saxo Bank teammate, Stuart O'Grady, on the Tour's final stage

Andy and Frank Schleck ride together alongside Saxo Bank teammate, Stuart O'Grady, on the Tour's final stage (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Thor Hushovd shadows Mark Cavendish in Paris

Thor Hushovd shadows Mark Cavendish in Paris (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Cadel Evans (Silence Lotto) nears the end of a frustrating Tour de France

Cadel Evans (Silence Lotto) nears the end of a frustrating Tour de France (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas)

Franco Pellizotti (Liquigas) (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Cavendish's stage winning margin was huge

Cavendish's stage winning margin was huge (Image credit: Sirotti)
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Alberto Contador signals his win as he crosses the finishline

Alberto Contador signals his win as he crosses the finishline (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The goosebump inducing sight of the peloton in Paris

The goosebump inducing sight of the peloton in Paris (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton on one of their circuits

The peloton on one of their circuits (Image credit: Sirotti)
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The peloton on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

The peloton on the Champs-Élysées in Paris. (Image credit: Sirotti)

Alberto Contador (Astana) says he cares not for records, but in taking victory in each of the last four Grand Tours he's ridden, top-and-tailing with the 2007 and 2009 Tours de France and the 2008 Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a España in between, he's set a record of his own.

After 3,459.5 kilometres, the maillot jaune crossed Paris' world-famous boulevard of the Champs Élysées with arms hoisted high, and with each hand, two fingers raised. That's right, Alberto, you've done it again.

And it seems this one means more than his first, though perhaps more for cycling than Contador. After a number of problem-plagued years, the 2009 La Grande Boucle was completed without a doping scandal throughout its three weeks - something those truly passionate about this most beautiful of sports needed so badly.

Contador's 97th place Sunday was insignificant, but no so for victor Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC), who picked up his sixth win of the race and whose superiority as a "sprinteur" is matched only by his Columbia-HTC team. Sunday in Paris, his superbly-drilled unit - better than the trains of Mario Cipollini, Erik Zabel or Alessandro Petacchi - were so brilliant, his lead-out man Mark Renshaw - believed to be the best in the world at his job - had time not only to look behind, but to claim second by a margin Columbia's rivals would love to win by.

"I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I hadn't won it after they did such a good job," Cavendish told Cyclingnews. Behind the two Columbia-HTC riders, Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Slipstream), Gerald Ciolek (Milram) and lanterne rouge Yauheni Hutarovich (Française des Jeux) were forced into submission, in third to fifth, respectively.

"When we came around that last corner, to be honest, I was sh**ting myself. It was scary, it was tight. But I just followed: if he [Renshaw] thought it was okay, I'd be okay, and we were okay. To cross the line with your hands in the air, in view of the Arc de Triomphe, is one of the most spectacular feelings you're supposed to have, and for sure, it didn't disappoint me today," he said.

A spectacular all-rounder

Contador was not spectacular in the way that he won the 2009 Tour de France. But he was spectacularly consistent in an overall ability that is currently without peer.

As the 26-year-old has already admitted, his closest rival, Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), did not make any mistakes. "I made the difference in the time trials," said Contador, who, in the 55 kilometres of individual time trialling on offer, gained four minutes and 22 seconds on his fresh-faced adversary, with another 40 seconds gained in the stage 4 team time trial in Montpellier.

Logically speaking, if the younger of the Schleck brothers - two years and six months Contador's junior - doesn't want to end up like the bridesmaid Jan Ullrich became with his five second places, he must improve against the clock. It used to be Contador's Achilles heel, so in theory, there's no reason why Schleck can't do the same. However, there's also the chance that improvement in the "contre-la-montre" may diminish what the Luxembourger has shown to be so good at - attacking without fear in the high mountains. But if he doesn't give it a go, so long as Contador is alive and well, he may never realise the glory of winning the world's greatest bike race.

Contador should also be given due credit for his ability to handle the Astana polemic between him and his next closest competitor, Lance Armstrong, who emanated from within his own team and has trailed him ever since announcing his comeback to the sport.

"This Tour was very, very difficult," he said. "But before coming, I had prepared physically and mentally, because I knew it would be extremely tough."

Throughout this season and, in particular the past three weeks, not once did he openly criticise sport director Johan Bruyneel's seemingly conflicting strategy of having two leaders both vying for the same end goal; Armstrong's change of attitude toward working for the Spaniard at the Tour; or the lack of camaraderie within Astana, where riders seem to be forced to side with one leader or the other.

Contador, for the most part, avoided any speculation that would take his focus away from racing and recovery, and simply did what he knew best: ride his bike faster than any other. After 85 hours, 48 minutes and 35 seconds, finished a sizeable 4:11 ahead of Andy Schleck and 5:24 in front of Armstrong.

"Asked to compare the two Tours he's won, Contador said, "2009 was very difficult physically and mentally; 2007 was just physically difficult. It was tough to cope with because [Armstrong and I] both wanted to win the GC, and that just doesn't make sense; to have two guys who want to win the overall."

One thing is for sure, though. "I'll be on a different team than Lance Armstrong. I have different options - maybe I'll have a team built around me, but I have options. My goal shall remain the Tour de France," Contador said.

Armstrong and Contador, on the same team, fighting for the same goal was intriguing. Next year, Armstrong and Contador on different teams, fighting for the same goal - now that will be compelling.

A deserved maillot vert - and the polka-dot

No one can say Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) didn't earn his second maillot vert, fair and square.

In a ding-dong battle with Cavendish, the Norwegian knew his arch-rival was faster and had to call upon all his strength and tactical nous to beat his opponent, who proved unstoppable in a straight line. While Contador was the best all-rounder, one could easily argue Hushovd was the most complete rider. Significantly, he won the sixth stage to Barcelona on a small hilltop finish; he finished sixth on a hilly, rain-soaked day to Colmar won by teammate Heinrich Haussler; and then to secure his lead, Hushovd went on a rampage through the Sallanches countryside on Stage 17, Cavendish's words following the fourteenth stage to Besançon - that he would later eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - stirred the Thunder God to banish his mighty hammer and end the race with a 10-point margin.

"It would've been mighty, mighty close, looking at the final points without the discrepancy [where he was relegated in Besançon], but it is how it is," said Cavendish.

"I know what it takes to do it, but it's the fact that physically I'm not ready to do what he [Hushovd] has done, to go consistently throughout the stages. But I've got the best teacher with me in Erik Zabel to be able to do that. I think Thor's a special rider - he rode way, way beyond himself to get it. It was a special ride. I think it was a once-in-a-decade ride to get that green jersey. For sure, I won't be able to do what he's done, but I can win the green in the future in my own little way."

As for mountains champion Franco Pellizotti of Liquigas, the Italian had no equal, finishing atop the classification for the polka dot jersey with a commanding 75-point lead over Egoi Martinez (Euskatel-Euskadi). Through incessant attacking, he also picked up the award for the most combative rider of the 2009 Tour, and having the uncanny ability to make the right break, no to mention his climbing prowess, the 31-year-old stole the show in the mountains.

All aboard the Avignon TGV

For our remaining 156 two-wheeled soldiers, Sunday began with a high-speed train transfer via TGV from Avignon to the stage start in Montereau-Fault-Yonne, situated at the confluence of the Seine and Yonne rivers, where in 1814, Napoleon fought one of his epic final battles, his victory immortalised by an equestrian statue erected between the two bridges that span the town's rivers.

The procession that invariably defines the final stage till the peloton hits the Champs Élysées, a well-worn march that has been so since 1975 (although since the Tour's inception in 1903, the race has always finished in Paris), was no different on this mild Parisian afternoon. At the feed zone in Saint-Maurice, maillot jaune Contador toasted a glass of champagne with his Astana coterie, although there was no chiming of glasses as such; in the peloton, glassware is replaced by plastic-ware for reasons of safety.

Arriving groupé onto the first of eight passages of the Champs Élysées, a septet took flight in search of very uncertain glory. Jussi Veikkanen (Française des Jeux), Arnaud Coyot (Caisse d'Epargne), Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis), Alexandre Pichot (BBox Bouygues Telecom), Carlos Barredo (Quick Step), Fabian Wegmann (Milram) and Fumiyuki Beppu (Skil-Shimano) were in the move which was launched an ambitious 50km from their final finishing line of the 2009 Tour.

Commendably, Vaikennan, Beppu and Wegmann lasted all the way until the bell lap marking 6.5km to go, even a little further. But this being the last hurrah for the sprinters and Columbia-HTC being so dominant, the stage was set for a sprint royale five kilometres out, where from the kilometre kite onwards, the familiar trio of George Hincapie, Renshaw and Cavendish led to an all-too-familiar conclusion.

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Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC4:02:18
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
4Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
5Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux
6Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
8Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas
10William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
11Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
12Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel
13Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha
14Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano
15Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
16Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto
17Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step
18Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step
19Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
20Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
21Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
22Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step
23Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
24Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha
25Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank
26Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana
27Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
28Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team
29Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
30Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
31Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto
32Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas
33Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
34Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank
35Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
36Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
37Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
38Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
39Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
40Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux
41Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream
42Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
43Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
44Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
45Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram
46Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas
47Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha
48Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
49Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel
50Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC
51Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto
52Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step
53Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas
54Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
55Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream
56Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
57Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
58Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC
59Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto
60Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux
61Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana
62Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana
63Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
64Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto
65Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team
66Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
67Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas
68Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux
69Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
70Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano
71Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
72Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
73Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team
74Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha
75George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC
76Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
77Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
78Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram
79Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank
80Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
81Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
82Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
83David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
84Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano
85Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step
86Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
87Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
88José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
89Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
90Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
91Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux
92Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
93Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana
94Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
95José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale
96Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC
97Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana
98Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana
99Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank
100Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
101Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank
102Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
103Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
104Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
105Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto
106Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank
107Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana
108Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha
109Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
110Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
111Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
112Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano
113Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano
114Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
115Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
116Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
117Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
118Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
119Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
120Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
121Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
122Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel
123Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
124Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:22
125Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
126Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana
127Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC
128Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
129Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank
130Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
131Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
132Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
133Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream
134Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano0:00:27
135Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha
136David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC
137Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel
138David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:30
139Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto
140Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto
141David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
142Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:00:34
143Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC
144Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
145David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
146Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:00:36
147Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram
148Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
149Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:00:44
150Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:00:46
151Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:49
152Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC
153Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux0:00:51
154Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC0:01:08
155Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:01:11
156Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:02

Sprint 1 - Haut des Champs-Elysées - 120.0 Km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne6pts
2Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano4
3Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step2

Sprint 2 - Haut des Champs-Elysées - 133.0 Km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step6pts
2Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram4
3Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom2

Sprint 3 - Paris Champs-Elysees - 164.0 Km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC35pts
2Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC30
3Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream26
4Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram24
5Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux22
6Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team20
7Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne19
8Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC18
9Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas17
10William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom16
11Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale15
12Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel14
13Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha13
14Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano12
15Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne11
16Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto10
17Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step9
18Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step8
19Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank7
20Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom6
21Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom5
22Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step4
23Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas3
24Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha2
25Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank1

Most combative
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano

Young rider
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC4:02:18
2Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
5Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC
6Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha
7Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
8Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas
9Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram
10Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram
11Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto
12Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha
13Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
14Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team
15Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto
16Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas
17Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
18Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC
19Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC
20Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano
21Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
22Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel
23Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank
24Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano
25Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano
26Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC
27Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram
28Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom
29Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel
30Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
31Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:00:22
32Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:27
33Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano0:00:49

Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bbox Bouygues Telecom12:06:54
2Quick Step
3Team Milram
4Liquigas
5Team Katusha
6Cervelo Test Team
7Team Columbia - Htc
8Silence - Lotto
9Garmin - Slipstream
10Team Saxo Bank
11Francaise Des Jeux
12Lampre - N.G.C
13AG2R La Mondiale
14Astana
15Agritubel
16Rabobank
17Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne
18Skil-Shimano
19Caisse D'Epargne
20Euskaltel - Euskadi

Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana85:48:35
2Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:04:11
3Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana0:05:24
4Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream0:06:01
5Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank0:06:04
6Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana0:06:42
7Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas0:07:35
8Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream0:12:04
9Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:14:16
10Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux0:14:25
11Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:14:44
12Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux0:17:19
13Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:18:34
14Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:20:45
15Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto0:20:50
16Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:22:29
17Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team0:26:21
18Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha0:29:33
19George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC0:33:27
20Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step0:34:09
21Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram0:34:48
22Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:37:44
23Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:38:20
24Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram0:38:35
25Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:41:14
26Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:41:27
27Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana0:43:34
28Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC0:43:54
29Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel0:44:33
30Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto0:45:24
31Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:46:34
32Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:46:35
33Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:49:43
34Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:49:47
35Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana0:54:00
36Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:55:04
37Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas0:56:19
38Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:57:37
39Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:57:47
40Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha1:00:21
41Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana1:01:08
42Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:01:29
43Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:03:04
44Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:07:20
45Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team1:08:15
46Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto1:09:05
47Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:09:23
48Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux
49Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream1:14:03
50Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank1:15:22
51Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank1:17:04
52Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne1:20:20
53David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC1:21:56
54Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1:21:59
55Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel1:25:47
56Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:26:07
57Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC1:26:52
58David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:28:35
59Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto1:29:37
60Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank1:34:57
61Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:35:49
62Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank1:37:19
63Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step1:38:30
64Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel1:40:09
65Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:42:28
66Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:44:39
67Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:47:40
68Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel1:51:09
69David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:51:52
70Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel1:53:04
71José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne1:54:08
72Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi1:57:29
73Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank1:58:25
74Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha1:58:52
75Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1:59:20
76Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto2:00:52
77David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream2:02:36
78Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram2:04:53
79Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team2:07:58
80Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC2:08:42
81José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale2:11:29
82Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale2:12:43
83Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step2:13:56
84Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:14:16
85David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream2:15:04
86Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas2:16:11
87Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team2:16:39
88Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step2:17:36
89Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto2:20:14
90Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano2:22:58
91Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank2:23:55
92Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas2:23:58
93Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto2:25:38
94Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2:25:52
95Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC2:26:22
96Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha2:26:34
97Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team2:28:35
98Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream2:29:53
99Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank2:39:25
100Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha2:39:39
101Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto2:42:20
102Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank2:42:45
103Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC2:42:57
104Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step2:43:22
105Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2:45:28
106Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team2:46:00
107Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi2:46:17
108Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux2:47:21
109Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC2:52:24
110Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC2:52:44
111Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano2:53:25
112Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano2:55:21
113Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano2:55:28
114Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step2:58:28
115Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne2:59:10
116Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas2:59:57
117Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3:02:01
118Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank3:02:11
119Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux3:02:26
120Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas3:04:00
121Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream3:04:41
122Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha3:05:10
123Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto3:05:11
124Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank3:08:39
125Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram3:12:45
126Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram3:15:12
127Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team3:15:33
128William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3:16:29
129Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3:16:44
130Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano3:16:50
131Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC3:21:54
132Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC3:23:29
133Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale3:25:39
134Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC3:27:06
135Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas3:27:14
136Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3:27:18
137Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram3:29:54
138Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana3:30:07
139Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3:30:23
140Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha3:32:09
141Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream3:32:39
142Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux3:34:35
143Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3:34:55
144Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano3:36:14
145Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC3:39:14
146Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC3:41:46
147Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas3:42:11
148Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana3:43:15
149Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC3:46:20
150Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC3:47:43
151Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream3:48:13
152Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram3:48:38
153Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step3:49:21
154Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano3:49:39
155Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team3:54:08
156Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux4:16:27

Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team280pts
2Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC270
3Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram172
4Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne145
5Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream136
6Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale122
7Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank119
8Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas104
9Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana101
10Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana89
11Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale89
12Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne87
13Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank87
14Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream85
15Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha79
16Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC77
17Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank74
18Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC71
19William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom70
20Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux70
21Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas69
22Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana68
23Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step66
24Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step63
25George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC63
26Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne60
27Cycril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano59
28Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha57
29Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank56
30Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC55
31Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas54
32Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom51
33Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux51
34Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom49
35Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team48
36Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi48
37Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi47
38Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha44
39Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto43
40Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux42
41Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel41
42Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi41
43Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano41
44Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale40
45Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream40
46Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team38
47Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne38
48Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano37
49Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas37
50Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram37
51Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel37
52Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto37
53Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom36
54Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank35
55Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne35
56Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano34
57Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom34
58Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne31
59Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel31
60Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne30
61Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom30
62Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano30
63Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha29
64Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne28
65Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel28
66Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC27
67Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC26
68José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26
69Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto26
70Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana26
71Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto26
72Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale25
73Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step25
74Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel24
75Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram24
76Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux23
77Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram23
78Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank22
79Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC22
80Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram21
81Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha18
82Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC18
83Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram17
84Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto16
85Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne16
86David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream16
87Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream15
88Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step15
89Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank14
90Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC14
91Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas14
92Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank14
93Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux12
94Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step12
95Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC11
96Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom11
97Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux10
98Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team10
99Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram10
100Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto9
101Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale9
102Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha9
103Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step8
104Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank8
105Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas8
106Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team7
107Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas7
108Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank6
109Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne5
110Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank5
111Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream4
112Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi4
113Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel4
114Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha4
115Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano3
116Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC3
117Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana2
118David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC2
119David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2
120Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank2
121José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale2
122Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne1
123David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream1
124Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC1
125Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC-25

Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas210pts
2Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi135
3Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana126
4Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank111
5Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom99
6Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne89
7Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank88
8Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi86
9Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank86
10Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux84
11Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto76
12Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step67
13Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas66
14Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel64
15Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream57
16Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana51
17Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC48
18Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale46
19Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team45
20Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana38
21David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne38
22Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto35
23Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale34
24Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram32
25Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom31
26Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26
27José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne26
28Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team25
29Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi24
30Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas24
31Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne24
32Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom23
33Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank23
34Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step23
35George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC21
36Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC20
37David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream20
38Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha18
39Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha17
40Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas17
41Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale17
42Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne14
43Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team14
44Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom14
45Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana14
46Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank13
47Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana12
48Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank12
49Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi12
50Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano11
51David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream11
52Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel11
53Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne11
54Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano10
55Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux9
56José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale9
57Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream7
58Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram7
59Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas6
60Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano6
61Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux6
62Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank6
63Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto5
64Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC5
65Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi5
66Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step5
67Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4
68Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream4
69Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank4
70Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel4
71Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram4
72Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4
73Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha3
74Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel3
75Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC3
76David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC3
77Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel3
78Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram3
79Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux3
80Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale2
81Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha2
82Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank2
83Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas2
84Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne1
85Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream1
86Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto1
87Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank1

Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank85:52:46
2Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas0:03:24
3Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas0:10:05
4Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom0:33:33
5Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:34:09
6Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel0:37:03
7Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram0:42:24
8Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:45:36
9Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC0:50:53
10Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom1:05:12
11Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne1:16:09
12Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel1:48:53
13Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram2:00:42
14Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne2:10:05
15Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto2:16:03
16Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano2:18:47
17Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha2:22:23
18Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team2:24:24
19Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto2:38:09
20Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC2:48:13
21Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano2:51:17
22Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha3:00:59
23Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram3:11:01
24Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom3:12:33
25Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano3:12:39
26Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC3:17:43
27Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC3:19:18
28Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha3:27:58
29Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC3:35:03
30Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas3:38:00
31Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream3:44:02
32Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram3:44:27
33Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano3:45:28

Team classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Astana256:02:58
2Garmin - Slipstream0:22:35
3Team Saxo Bank0:28:34
4AG2R La Mondiale0:31:47
5Liquigas0:43:31
6Euskaltel - Euskadi0:58:05
7Francaise Des Jeux1:01:48
8Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne1:05:34
9Team Katusha1:13:57
10Agritubel1:20:38
11Caisse D'Epargne1:23:05
12Team Milram1:24:10
13Silence - Lotto1:24:38
14Team Columbia - Htc1:29:54
15Bbox Bouygues Telecom1:32:59
16Cervelo Test Team1:40:08
17Rabobank1:59:45
18Quick Step2:40:01
19Lampre - N.G.C3:59:03
20Skil-Shimano7:02:52

Second-eldest "old fart" stands on Paris podium

What is there to say about Lance that hasn't already been said?

In short, he came out of retirement to raise greater awareness about the Livestrong message, but he also came to the 2009 Tour de France to win. So far, he has only achieved the former, but Armstrong can walk away from the Champs Élysées with his head held high.

Standing tall on the dais, albeit on the lowest step, Armstrong, at 37 years, 10 months and eight days, becomes the second-oldest podium placegetter in Tour history. Raymond Poulidor is the oldest, having finished third in the 1976 Tour aged 40 years, three months and three days. Just behind Armstrong is Portuguese rider Joaquim Agostinho, aged 37 years, three months and 15 days when he too finished third, behind five-time winner Bernard Hinault and Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk in 1979.

Said Armstrong Saturday after his fifth-place on the Mont Ventoux, which sealed his third place, "I can't complain. For an old fart coming in here and getting on the podium, not so bad."

In 2010, the "old fart" will be back. After his short tenure with Astana and in a recent deal with US consumer electronics company, Radio Shack, the Texan has become the principal figure behind what will be the third American-registered team on the ProTour circuit.

True - Armstrong will be 38 when he arrives in Rotterdam next July for the Grand Départ of the 2010 Tour, but if this season and this Tour has shown anything, it's that the seven-time Tour de France champion is still competitive, still hungry, and still a fantastic presence in a sport that continues to be very Euro-centric but is determined to globalise. Armstrong is a natural force in pursuit of that goal.

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