Alberto Contador won the Tour de France for a second time Sunday (26 July 2009), and Lance Armstrong capped his return to the race with an impressive third-place finish.
After nearly 3,500 kilometers and 21 stages of racing over three weeks, Contador was asked on French TV what was the hardest moment in the race.
He replied: "It was in the (team) hotel," without elaborating.
Contador and Armstrong reportedly had differences early in the race, as tensions grew over who was the No. 1 Astana rider.
"We are totally incompatible. In the end, Armstrong will go his way and I'll go mine," Contador said.
Jamey Keaten, Alberto Contador Wins Tour; Lance Armstrong 3rd, Huffington Post, 26 July 2009.
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Image: Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, celebrates after winning the cycling race for the second time. (Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Laurent Rebours).