As the peloton of 175 rolled onto the Champ- Élysées, ‘Purito’ Rodriguez was honored by his peers by entering the race course first ahead of yellow jersey Chris Froome and his Team Sky.
Having announced his upcoming retirement from his home area of Andorra on the first rest day almost two weeks ago, Rodriguez waved to the crowds and gave a big thumbs-up to the camera as he said goodbye to the Tour de France. In his career he rode five Tours, won 3 stages, took 3rd place in 2013 and 7th this year and wore the polka dot King of the Mountain jersey for 9 days in his career.
”It was a surprise for me to arrive alone on the Champ-Élysées. First Maté of Cofidis came to me and said ‘Purito’ you should enter the Champ-Élysées first. I said no. But then Sagan came, and then Froome, and then my teammates. It was so beautiful. In the end this was a good Tour. I made some mistakes, but that is the Tour. The Tour gave me so much. I finished here on the podium in 2013. I never did win a grand tour, but I do not regret anything. Now I will race the Clásica San Sebastián and the Olympics in Rio”, said Rodriguez.
“I have a lot of memories from the Tour de France like the podium here in Paris. I have podiums at the Giro and at the Vuelta, Lomabardia. That year  was a really special year. On the podium, I was with riders who had achieved more but I don’t regret any moment in this race or in cycling in general.”
After completing his final Tour de France, Rodriguez will head to the Clásica San Sebastián before representing his country in the road race at the Rio Olympic Games.
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