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Like many of you and the millions of fans on the five continents throughout the world, I was thrilled for three weeks by the performances of the cycling champions. In several years, when time and memory have played their part, we will unquestionably remember that in July 2010, the riders were talented, very talented.
Thanks to them, the race was compelling at all levels: during the stage win, in the fight for the specific jerseys and of course, the ultimate quest, in the battle for the Holy Grail, the Yellow Jersey. From the cobblestones of Northern France to the vineyards of the Médoc, in the extreme heat or in the mist, the struggle between Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck enriched the event on a daily basis and in all of the profiles: on the flat stages, in the mountains and during the final individual time trial, with suspense right up to the very end.
While Lance Armstrong faded into the background for good with dignity, Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck offered us an exciting duel of which the future events are already arousing our anticipation. As for the French riders, who were fearless attackers and magnificent stage chasers- with six wins, the first time that this has occurred in thirteen years- and Sylvain Chavanel as a key figure, they also greatly contributed to the success of this outstanding edition.
Director of the Tour de France