End of an era

“It’s a dream podium I’m standing on here,” Armstrong said. “Jan is a special person and a special rival.”

“Ivan, well you are just tough to race against. You’re too much of a friend but maybe you’re the future of the race for the years to come.”

Turning to both, Armstrong added: “Ivan, maybe it’s your turn next year, or Jan, maybe it will be yours.”

After briefly criticizing the doubters who claim that his exploits have been achieved through illicit means – he has faced accusations of doping in the past – Armstrong had only one thing to say:
“Vive le Tour. Forever.”