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July 26, 2010

2010 Tour de France - part II

The 2010 Tour de France cycling race is now over, with Spain's Alberto Contador claiming his third win in Paris yesterday. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg finished 39 seconds back, and seven-time tour winner Lance Armstrong finished 23rd in his final Tour de France. This 97th running of the iconic race started in Rotterdam with 198 riders in 22 teams of nine, and finished yesterday, 3,642 km (2,263 mi) later in Paris, France on the Champs-Elysees. Collected here are a handful of images from the second half of the race - see part I for earlier photos. (41 photos total)

The pack ride past sunflowers during the 184.5 km 14th stage of the 2010 Tour de France between Revel and Ax-Trois-Domaines, southern France in the Pyrenees region on July 18, 2010. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images)

The pack rides at the start of the 12th stage of the 2010 Tour de France between Bourg-de-Peage and Mende, southern France, on July 16, 2010. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, center, rides in the pack during the 12th stage of the Tour de France heading towards Mende, France on Friday, July 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #

The peloton travels through a rural French landscape along stage 12 of the Tour de France on July 16, 2010 in Mende, France. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

The pack climbs towards the finish outside Mende, background, during the 12th stage of the Tour de France on France, Friday, July 16, 2010. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski) #

Shadows of riders during the 210.5 km 12th stage of the 2010 Tour de France on July 16, 2010. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Motorcycles ride ahead of the pack during the 13th stage of the Tour de France over 196 kilometers (121.8 miles) starting in Rodez and finishing in Revel, France on Saturday, July 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #

Kazakh's Alexandre Vinokourov looks behind him at the chasers before he wins the 13th stage of the 2010 Tour de France run between Rodez and Revel, on July 17, 2010. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, raises his arms on the podium after the 13th stage of the Tour de France in Revel, France on Saturday, July 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours) #

Cyclists ride the course of Stage 14 of the Tour de France, the first stage to enter the Pyrenees, on July 18, 2010 in Ax-Trois-Domaines, France. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

The pack ride past sunflowers during the 14th stage of the 2010 Tour de France between Revel and Ax-Trois-Domaines, southern France on July 18, 2010. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images) #

The pack with Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey (right) passes a field of sunflowers heading towards Ax-Trois-Domaines, France on Sunday, July 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski) #

Andy Schleck of Luxembourg (left) leads the pack as they ride during the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, July 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski) #

The pack climbs Pailheres pass during the 14th stage of the Tour de France on Sunday, July 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #

AG2R team rider Christophe Riblon of France celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France in Ax-Trois-Domaines on July 18, 2010. (REUTERS/Francois Lenoir) #

The pack rides past the Magda tribe, dressed up as Prehistoric people, at the entrance of the Mas d'Azil cave during the 15th stage of the 2010 Tour de France run between Pamiers and Bagneres-de-Luchon on July 19, 2010. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Some of the thousands of fans that lined the steep roads of stage 16 of the Tour de France on July 20, 2010 in Pau, France. The stage, between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Pau, featured four major climbs including the Col du Tourmalet. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

Alberto Contador of Spain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey is followed by Samuel Sanchez of Spain as they speed down Tourmalet pass during the 16th stage of the Tour de France over 199.5 kilometers (124 miles) with start in Bagneres-de-Luchon and finish in Pau, Pyrenees region, France, Tuesday, July 20, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #

Thousands cheer on the peloton as they come to the top of the Col du Tourmalet during stage 16 of the Tour de France on July 20, 2010 in Pau, France. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

A group of riders cycles past cycling fan Dieter "Didi" Senft, leaping, dressed in a devil costume, during the 16th stage of the Tour de France between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Pau, July 20, 2010. (REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen) #

New Green jersey of Best Sprinter, Norway's Thor Hushovd (center) rides in the 16th stage of the 2010 Tour de France run between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Pau, Southwestern France, on July 20, 2010. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Italy's Paolo Tiralongo drinks as he rides in the 16th stage of the 2010 Tour de France on the way to Pau, France on July 20, 2010. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

The pack climbs Soulor pass during the 17th stage of the Tour de France over 174 kilometers (108.1 miles) starting in Pau and finishing on Tourmalet pass, Pyrenees region, France, Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #

The pack of riders is briefly joined by several sheep during the 17th stage of the Tour de France from Pau to Tourmalet Pass, July 22, 2010. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) #

Stage winner Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, wearing the best young rider's white jersey, right, and Alberto Contador of Spain, left, climb Tourmalet pass in dense fog during the 17th stage of the Tour de France in the Pyrenees on Thursday, July 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Lionel Bonaventure) #

A rider recovers at the finish line following stage 17 of the Tour de France on July 22, 2010 in Col du Tourmalet, France. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

The pack rides during the 18th stage of the Tour de France over 198 kilometers (123 miles) starting in Salies-de-Bearn and finishing in Bordeaux, France on Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski) #

A horse and rider gallop alongside the pack during the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #

Cyclists pass a stack of timber during stage 18 of the Tour de France on July 23, 2010 in Bordeaux, France. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

Cyclist Mark Cavendish is congratulated by a coach at the finish line of stage 18 of the Tour de France on July 23, 2010 in Bordeaux, France. England's Cavendish of HTC Columbia won the stage while Spaniard Alberto Contador kept the race leaders yellow jersey. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

Actress Cameron Diaz chats with Tour de France race leader Alberto Contador of Spain and Astana on the podium after stage 18 of the 2010 Tour de France from Salies-de-Bearn to Bordeaux on July 23, 2010 in Bordeaux, France. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #

Fabian Cancellara of team Saxo Bank prepares to leave the start gate of stage 19 of the Tour de France on July 24, 2010 in Bordeaux, France. The only time-trial stage of this years race, the 52km course starts in Bordeaux and will finish in Pauillac. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) #

Fourth placed in the overalls, Spain's Samuel Sanchez competes in the individual time-trial and 19th stage of the 2010 Tour de France on July 24, 2010. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Spain's Samuel Sanchez, grimaces before the 19th stage of the 2010 Tour de France on July 24, 2010. AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images) #

Andy Schleck of Luxembourg sits behind a truck after crossing the finish line of the 19th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday, July 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) #

The pack of riders cycles pass the Eiffel tower in Paris during the final stage of the 97th Tour de France between Longjumeau and Paris on July 25, 2010. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) #

The pack of riders cycles on the champs Elysees in Paris during the 20th stage of the Tour de France on July 25, 2010. (REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel) #

Cyclist Lance Armstrong looks back as he rides in the last stage of the 2010 Tour de France on July 25, 2010. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

The four jerseys, from the left, Polka dot jersey of Best Climber, France's Anthony Charteau, White jersey of Best Young, Luxembourg's Andy Schleck, Yellow jersey of overall leader, Spain's Alberto Contador, and Green jersey of Best Sprinter, Italy's Alessandro Petacchi pose for a family picture during the last stage of the 2010 Tour de France on July 25, 2010. (LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg and Nicki Sorensen of Denmark, from left to right, pose for photographers during the parade after finish of the last stage of the Tour de France in Paris, France on Sunday, July 25, 2010. (AP Photo/Lionel Bonaventure) #

Tour de France winner, Spain's Alberto Contador celebrates on the podium after his third victory on July 25, 2010 at the end of the 2010 Tour de France in Paris, France on Sunday, July 25, 2010. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images) #

 
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