The 2010 Tour de France Stage 20 results mark the end of the race. As such, the 2010 Tour de France Stage 20 results mean little, as the overall Tour de France 2010 results were settled already. The final day at the Champs-Elysees has always been a celebratory affair, with little real competition. Although the sprinters still race to decide the green jersey, the yellow one is always settled by now. After the 2010 Tour de France Stage 20 results, the yellow jersey will go to Alberto Contador for good.
For the third time in his career, and for the second straight year, Contador will be the center of attention at the Champs-Elysees. He carried a 39 second lead going into the final day, thanks to yesterday’s time trial performance at Stage 19.
With the 2010 Tour de France Stage 20 results, Contador will officially remain cycling’s No. 1 rider. For the second straight year, Andy Schleck will be on the runner’s up podium, although he is a lot closer than he was in 2009. In fact, if not for Monday’s chain problems, he could have been up on the winner’s podium, or even tied for it.
Prior to the 2010 Tour de France Stage 20 results, Schleck officially lost his last chance to catch Contador. As it turned out, he only trailed by 39 seconds at the end, which was the exact distance he lost when Contador pulled ahead of him on Monday. If Contador had followed tradition, and not tried to pass him when he broke down, they could have been tied today.
Of course, if Schleck had stayed ahead after Monday, the leaders’ strategies would have changed, so they probably wouldn’t do the same afterwards. Contador may still have pulled ahead anyway, given his experience and his superiority in time trials. But following the 2010 Tour de France Stage 20 results, Schleck will have 11 months to wonder what could have been.
In the midst of Contador vs Schleck, Lance Armstrong nearly dropped out of everyone’s minds. Armstrong made more news for Floyd Landis’s steroid accusations than for what he did on his bike. Nevertheless, although he dropped out of contention two weeks ago, the 2010 Tour de France Stage 20 results are the last ones he will be part of on the Tour.
For the moment, Armstrong is leaving the event as a beloved seven-time champion. But if Landis’s charges pan out, this day may have more infamy attached to it for him.
Today’s 2010 Tour de France Stage 20 results are ending the way most people expected, with another Contador triumph. However, the route to get here was more different than anticipated, even if it straightened itself out eventually.
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Sydney Morning Herald- “Contador pushes pain threshold for victory”