Bikes To Like
If prerace favorites Lance Armstrong (23rd place), Bradley Wiggins (24th), Cadel Evans (26th) and Ivan Basso (32nd) were this Tour's biggest disappointments, who were its most pleasant surprises? Chris Horner (RadioShack) was brought along to fetch bottles for Armstrong, but the likable 38-year-old Oregonian (below) finished 10th, tops among U.S. riders. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Transitions) was shockingly strong in the mountains. His seventh-place finish was the best by a Canadian in 22 years. With his fifth-place finish, 27-year-old Belgian Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) was the revelation of this Tour. Then there were the French. Native sons combined for six stage wins (two by Sylvain Chavanel), the most by the French in 13 years.