Contador seals Tour victory as Armstrong waves goodbye

FINAL TOUR RESULTSAlberto Contador’s joy on winning the 2010 Tour de France must have been matched on the Champs Elysees on Sunday by the fastest man in the 3642km race.Mark Cavendish won the 102.5km last stage from Longjumeau to Paris more devastatingly than in Bordeaux two days ago.———————————————————-Armstrong riles Tour officials on his final daySpanish press hail ‘king’ Contador———————————————————-He finishes this year’s Tour with five wins, bringing his overall total to 15.Second on the line was Alessandro Petacchi, followed by New Zealand’s Julian Dean. Australia’s Robbie McEwen was ninth.The day was trouble free for Contador, who finished in the middle of the pack, easily defending his yellow race leader’s jersey to secure his third Tour victory.Near him in the bunch were Andy Schleck, second overall at 39 seconds and Denis Menchov, third at 2 minutes 1 second.Petacchi’s second place on the stage secured him the overall green points jersey. He finished on 243 points, ahead of Cavendish’s 232 and Thor Hushovd’s 222.The day began controversially for Lance Armstrong and his RadioShack team, who signed on in their regulation team kit but then turned up at the start line in custom-made black jerseys bearing the number 28, for the 28 million people around the world suffering from cancer.The commissaires forced them to change along the roadside and they had to then chase to rejoin the peloton.It was the last appearance at the race for the seven-time Tour champion, but Armstrong got to stand on the podium one more time when RadioShack went up to collect the overall team classification award at the end.Later, he said: “This race has been good to me, I hope I have been good for the race. But I can’t lie … I am ready to retire Part II.”Three weeks of suffering is over. Great to go home. Don’t have to stress about racing every day. Time to go home …”Australian hope Cadel Evans finished 26th at 50 minutes 27 seconds to Contador.His team remained committed to him. “There is much to celebrate,” BMC sports director John Lelangue said.”We proved that Cadel – until his crash – was here to be a contender. He took the yellow jersey and unfortunately, he crashed. But the whole team was there to fight and be around their leader.”Once we finish the party tonight, Monday we will begin planning for next season and our next Tour.”
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