PARIS - Lance Armstrong didn't want to go out this way.
In his final Tour de France, the seven-time champion popped a tire, crashed and struggled up the mountains. Worse, he appears to be the target of a U.S. federal investigation into doping and fraud allegations while a rider on the US Postal team.
Alberto Contador won his third Tour de France in four years Sunday, The 27-year-old Spaniard sealed the victory after holding off a challenge from main rival Andy Schleck of Luxembourg in Saturday's individual time trial.
Armstrong maintained he had no regrets despite the ignominious overall finish in 23rd, nearly 40 minutes behind the leader, former teammate and rival Contador.
"I wouldn't say that it's ruined," he said. "In 10 years, when I look back on the 2010 Tour, it won't be the memory that I have. Obviously, I won't have a yellow jersey to remember - I'll remember the team, digging deep to win the team GC [general classification]," he said. "It's significant for us and the sponsor.
"I'll remember having my son here for a week at the Tour," he said, referring to 10-year-old Luke. "I'll remember the bad luck, certainly - the crashes. But that won't be the thing that I'll take away."
During the race, there were numerous published reports of a federal investigation led by Jeff Novitzky, a special agent with the Food and Drug Administration, into claims about Armstrong and doping by former teammate Floyd Landis.
Armstrong faced questions about those reports at the Tour. He said he had not been subpoenaed or contacted by Novitzky himself. - AP