Armstrong Eyeing 2010 Tour de France

Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, wearing the best young rider's white jersey, second overall, Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and third overall American seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, left to right, react on the podium after the 21st stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 101.9 miles with start in Montereau-Fault-Yonne and finish in Paris, France, July 26, 2009.
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For the past 3 weeks, Lance Armstrong looked as if he might pedal his way to a new record of eight Tour de France wins in a decisive comeback after his battle with testicular cancer.

But as the leaders sprinted up the Champs Elysees in Paris on Sunday, it was Armstrong's teammate Alberto Contador who took first place, reports CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer.

Armstrong finished in third place, crossing the finish line more than five minutes after Contador.

The American cyclist, now 37 years old, says he's still proud of the result.

"Hey, I can't complain. For an old fart coming in here and getting on the podium with these young guys - not so bad," Armstrong said.

Over the finish line, Armstrong raised a paper cup to one of the most demanding and famous races in the world.

The course loops 2,200 miles around France - the equivalent of cycling from New York to Salt Lake City.

Riders average 25 miles an hour over the course. The race includes 64 uphill sections - the most grueling of which is 13 miles long.

Armstrong made cycling history when he won the Tour de France every year between 1999 and 2005.

This was his first Tour after a four-year break, and, says Armstrong, it was just a warm-up.

He's already setting his sights on his next win -- in 2010.

  • Elizabeth Palmer

    Elizabeth Palmer has been a CBS News correspondent since August 2000. She has been based in London since late 2003, after having been based in Moscow (2000-03). Palmer reports primarily for the "CBS Evening News."