Cyclingnews.com now has a few comments from Bend's Chris Horner on today's near miss:
"We both hesitated a little bit, and I needed him to lead it out to beat him," Horner said on his tactics in the finale. "I just didn't have the fresh legs from leading out from a k [to go]. He [Chavanel] wanted me to pull through at 800, 700 metres, and I knew if I pulled through, I would have to lead it out from there, so it wasn't an option for me to lead it out for the win."
So, too bad for Chris. It's a great showing for his first Tour, though - his face was all over the TV, and his sponsors have got to be happy. Here's a good picture of when he went on the attack to catch Chavanel.