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Then, you start to sense that Paris is just around the corner, and the peloton starts to speed up. Riders try to play it off all cool, but it's an electric feeling when you get that first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower and when you reach the Champs-Elysees. I wish I would have taken more time to enjoy it, but you're so focused on the wheel in front of you. It's truly something I would love to experience again. I don't know if I am too old, but the Champs-Elysees is holy ground for any cyclist. But seeing my Team CSC-Saxo Bank teammates together Sunday at the front of the peloton and seeing Carlos Sastre in yellow and Andy Schleck in white (for the best young rider of the Tour), it was an emotional day for me. It was difficult to watch because you want to be there with your teammates. So I got a little teary-eyed watching them enjoy the moment.
From day one, CSC went into the race with a three-pronged attack and an idea of winning the Tour. It made all the right moves at all the decisive moments. To get through the race with relatively no injuries, crashes or sickness, and make all the right moves on top of that, is amazing. But we worked really hard at this; it didn't happen overnight. We've been second and third overall before, but finally this year, CSC won the big one. It goes to show that the planning and piecing together a team is not something that happens overnight. A team can buy the right riders and put them together, but they have to be strong and have to work together. CSC has had its ups and downs, but members of the team really worked together and looked out for one another, especially during the Tour's first week. For them to do that, then dominate they way they did in the mountains -- it was a great all-around team effort. The sport itself