Cadel Evans Wins Tour de France

Australian is oldest winner since 1922

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jul 24, 2011 11:07 AM CDT

(Newser) – Cadel Evans won the Tour de France today, becoming the first Australian to capture cycling's most prestigious title. The 34-year-old Evans crossed the finish line on the Champs-Elysee at the end of the largely ceremonial final stage. He had virtually secured the title with his ride in the time trial in Grenoble a day earlier, and becomes the oldest winner since 1922. Andy Schleck of Luxembourg finished second overall for the third straight year, with brother Frank Schleck in third.

The 21st and final stage—the most prestigious for the race's sprinters—was won by Britain's Mark Cavendish for the third year in a row, despite his being forced to change his bike on the Champs-Elysees. Seven or eight riders were still in competition for the victory in the final week. Evans looked at one point to have lost his chance, when Andy Schleck rode away from the others on the Galibier pass. But Evans held his nerve and finished well ahead of Schleck in the time-trial yesterday to guarantee his victory.

Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Thor Hushovd of Norway, wearing the rainbow jersey, second right, pass the Arc de Triomphe, Sunday July 24, 2011.   (Laurent Cipriani)
Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, races along the Champs Elysees during the 21st stage of the Tour de France in Paris, Sunday, July 24, 2011.   (Laurent Rebours)
Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, 2nd left, leads Andy Schleck of Luxembourg and Frank Schleck of Luxembourg out of the Rue du Rivoli, Sunday, July 24, 2011.   (Christophe Ena)
Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and teammate George Hincapie of the US, right, exit Rue de Rivoli, Sunday July 24, 2011.   (Christophe Ena)
Tour de France winner Cadel Evans is hugged by his teammates after crossing the finish line, Sunday, July 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)
Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, passes the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, Sunday, July 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Tour de France winner Cadel Evans is congratulated by his teammates as he crosses the finish line in Paris, France, Sunday July 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Cadel Evans of Australia gives a thumbs up as he arrives prior to the start of the 21st stage of the Tour de France, Sunday, July 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Australia's Cadel Evans crosses the finish line with BMC teammates on the famous Champs-Elysees avenue after he won the 2011 Tour de France on July 24, 2011.   (Getty Images)
Australia's Cadel Evans celebrates with BMC teammates on the Champs-Elysees after he won the 2011 Tour de France on July 24, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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