Now it is over. Unfortunately I won’t make it to Paris this year. The crash today was the knock-out punch. Five km before the summit of the Col de la Croix de Fer I let my two helpers know that I couldn’t go on and that I would climb off my bike at the top. That way they at least had the chance to finish within the time limit. I am inconsolable over the abandon, not bringing the green jersey home, and not being able to sprint for the win in Paris. But he bruises on my bottom and shoulder were too painful to continue the race, especially since I had been weakened anyway by stomach problems for a few days and a cold but still tried to make my way through to the Champs Elysees. BUT: I still have the five wins.
Thanks to my fantastic team. We rocked the Tour. And that is exactly what I will take with me now. Indescribable moments, big wins and the great atmosphere along the road. I am proud of what we accomplished as a team and what I personally achieved. I wish all the best to my team and my remaining teammates on the final kilometers.
Thank also to you, my dear fans. We have celebrated an unforgettable party. Yours, Marcel.