July 28, 2009
Tour podium covered in RED
Astana’s Alberto Contador of Spain has won the Tour de France for a second time and achieved the first-ever Tour win for SRAM RED and 12th in Tour history for a Spanish rider. "The Tour is the hardest race in the world, but this year it was particularly difficult. That’s why I am so happy," said Contador, after finishing the 96th Tour with 4'11' over Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) and 5'24' over Astana teammate Lance Armstrong.
24-year old Andy Schleck of SRAM RED equipped Saxo Bank was not only runner up, but also Best Young Rider at the 96th Tour De France. Andy credited his brother Frank, who finished 5th and won a stage for his success. "I owe part of this achievement to my brother Fränk, who for three weeks sacrificed himself trying to help me," said Andy Schleck.
In finishing third, Astana’s SRAM RED equipped Lance Armstrong will join Contador & Schleck on the podium after finishing third in his comeback to cycling’s main event. Armstrong’s podium appearance today, added to his seven previous wins will tying him with legendary French rider Raymond Poulidor for eight podium appearances. Post-Tour, Armstrong said "I came here to do my best and I came across some guys who were clearly better than me. I don’t have any regrets. I got put out a couple of times, but considering my age and recent racing, it’s not a bad performance overall."
For SRAM Red, the 96th Tour De France must be considered a huge success. Not only was it a podium sweep today for SRAM RED, but 9 out of top 28 riders in the 96th Tour De France were SRAM RED equipped. 7 stage wins for SRAM RED, 12 days in the Maillot Jaune for SRAM Red equipped riders (6 days for Saxo Bank’s Cancellara, 6 days for Astana’s Contador), Best Young Rider with Saxo Bank’s Andy Schleck and Best Team GC with Astana.
Sunday, July 26th’s Stage 21, a 164km journey from Montereau-Fault-Yonne to the Champs Elysees in Paris started with the usual stunts, pictures and champagne toasts. Once Astana led Maillot Jaune Contador over the finish line with 9 laps of the Champs Elysees circuit, it was Samuel Dumoulin (Cofidis) on the attack, joined by SRAM Red equipped Fabian Wegmann (Milram), Veikkanen (FdJ), Coyot (Caisse d’Epargne), Pichot (Bbox), Barredo (Quick Step) and Beppu (Skil-Shimano). This group of 7 gained up to 35? but Columbia and Garmin pulled them back on the final lap, where Mark Cavendish uncorked a huge sprint to win the stage, his 6th victory at the 96th Tour De France.
2009 Tour de France / Final Classification Best Young Rider:
2009 Tour de France / Final Team General Classification:
SRAM RED equipped in Maillot Jaune: 12 days
7 Stage Wins On SRAM Red
Stage 1: Monaco ITT
Stage 4: Montpellier Team Time Trial
Stage 7: Barcelona-Andorra Arcalis
Stage 12: Tonnerre to Vittel
Stage 15: Pontarlier to Verbier
Stage 17: Bourg St Maurice to Le Grand Bornand Stage winner:
Stage 18: Annecy ITT
General Classification-Saturday, July 25