July 27, 2003
Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc said he could not have hoped for a better race to celebrate the centenary of cycling's biggest event.
"It was better than my expectations. What was unexpected was the quality of the race," he said on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Tour.
"It was superb, the best race in 20 years or at least since 1989 when I took over as the Tour director."
Leblanc said he thinks the popularity of the race may justify tighter control of the crowds in the future:
"This popularity is a little frightening, we must try to channel it," he said. "The time has come to say stop."
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