The best soundbites from the 100th Tour de France:
"The Tour de France? Impossible to win without doping" - the headline on Le Monde's interview with Lance Armstrong the day before the Tour began set an unwelcome tone, although Armstrong insisted he had only been referring to the years when he won between 1999 and 2005 before having the titles stripped for doping.
"I don't know whether I'm famous or infamous" - Orica GreenEdge bus driver Garikoitz Atxa apologises after the crash on the opening stage to Bastia that caused chaos in the final kilometres.
"He's Welsh. He'll survive" - Chris Froome backs Geraint Thomas to make it to Paris after his team-mate suffers a cracked pelvis on the opening stage.
"I certainly know the results I am getting won't be stripped 20-30 years down the line. Rest assured that is not going to happen" - Froome bats away the first of the doping questions in Ax 3 Domaines.
"I just think it's quite sad that we're sitting here the day after the biggest victory of my life, a historic win, talking about doping" - More than a week on the topic had not changed and Froome's patience was waning after his victory on Mont Ventoux.
"Sometimes I look at Sky and think: Holy s***. What a horrible year to be winning the Tour de France" - Garmin-Sharp manager Jonathan Vaughters feels sympathy for Team Sky in the face of doping speculation.
"One individual doing that just leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth. And a bad taste in Mark's mouth" - Froome reacts to the news that one spectator has sprayed Mark Cavendish with urine on the first individual time trial.
"Well I think the apple juice looks far from appetising for me tonight... And I'm not taking the piss. Did that once already today. #standup" - Cavendish was initially silent on the matter but could later joke on Twitter.
"It makes a nice photo, no? I was doing this while the bunch was riding flat out" - Cannondale's Peter Sagan on the wheelie he pulled for the cameras while being caught by the peloton at the foot of Mont Ventoux.
"I never cease to be surprised by how close Tom Simpson was to the summit of Ventoux when he died. It haunts me" - David Millar after riding past the memorial to Simpson, a little over a kilometre from the summit of cycling's most feared ascent.
"How can I put this in a polite way? His style is... clumsy, to say the least. It's terrible to watch, it's a crime against cycling, but it's obviously efficient" - former British rider Charly Wegelius reviews Froome's riding 'style'.
"Dear Greenedge Bus, please can you park yourself under the finish line today, BEFORE we pass for the first time. Much appreciated. David" - An exhausted David Millar looks for ways for the double ascent of Alpe d'Huez to be cut short.
"Normally I'd be excited for today's stage. Reality is I'm in a battle for survival with so many other poor souls in the peloton" - 150km of climbing in three consecutive mountain stages takes its toll on Dan Martin in the final days of the Tour.
"It's like being 2-0 up in football and thinking you've got it sewn up. It's the worse score to have. You are lulled into a sense of confidence" - Sir Dave Brailsford warns Chris Froome there is still plenty to do ahead of the final mountain stage.
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