In the aftermath of one of the best Tour de France races we take a look at what’s been said from cycling’s leading protagonists.
“It was a tough tour and hard one to overcome but it brings me great honour and joy to record victory this year. The Tour is the hardest race in the world, but this year it was particularly difficult. That’s why I am so happy.” – Tour de France winner Alberto Contador.
“I’m coming back to take the yellow jersey. Alberto showed this year that he was the strongest, the real boss of the peloton. I have much respect for him, but next year I’m coming to win.” – Second placed Andy Schleck.
“I came here to do my best and I came across some guys who were clearly better than me. I don’t have any regrets, I got put out a couple of times, but considering my age and recent racing, it’s not a bad performance overall.” – Third placed Lance Armstrong.
“I thought I could get in the top 20. But to finish fourth changes everything for the future now, whether I even go back to the track Getting fourth place and equalling the great Robert Millar, and surpassing the even greater Tom Simpson, is pretty special. I do realise what I’ve achieved.” – Fourth placed Bradley Wiggins.
“I’ve always wanted to win on the Champs Elysees and the feeling doesn’t disappoint. I’m happy with six stages, but next year I’ll be fitter and stronger and hopefully the green jersey will come with that.” – Sprint king Mark Cavendish.
“I won this jersey because I’m more experienced. I know how to win it. I’ve done it before and I’ve fought for the jersey many, many years. Cavendish is the fastest sprinter, but I am the most consistent, and that’s why I won the jersey.” – Green jersey winner Thor Hushovd.
“We need duels in sport, like Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer or Bernard Hinault v Greg LeMond. We haven’t decided which teams will be invited next year but, looking ahead, a team with Contador, another with Armstrong and another one with the Schleck brothers (Andy and Frank) would be sensational.” Tour organiser Christian Prudhomme.