Contador Wins 3rd Tour
Spaniard makes mark as cycling's new star
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2010 11:06 AM CDT
Alberto Contador of Spain toasts his third Tour victory during the last stage of the Tour de France, Sunday, July 25, 2010.   (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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(Newser) – He may have clinched yesterday, but Alberto Contador crossed over the finish line today, winning his third Tour de France and heralding the arrival of a new cycling superstar as seven-time champion Lance Armstrong finished the race for the last time. Mark Cavendish of Britain led a sprint to win the 20th and final stage—a largely ceremonial 63.7-mile course from Longjumeau to the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

Contador of Spain sealed his third title in four years by holding off a challenge from his main rival, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, in yesterday's individual time trial. Schleck finished second, 39 seconds back, and Denis Menchov of Russia was third overall.