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An emotional end to an incredible Tour

Updated: July 27, 2008, 4:32 PM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

For every rider who is not at the Tour de France, especially riders like me who have experienced the final stage firsthand, seeing the peloton ride into Paris on television is hard to watch. You want to be there.

After going through three weeks of battle with these riders, the camaraderie during the first half of the final stage is special. Everyone is your buddy; everyone is smiling and patting each other on the back; everyone is looking forward to seeing his family and friend and ...

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