Spanish Cyclist Races to Tour de France Victory

Alberto Contador takes home the yellow jersey
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2007 2:36 PM CDT
Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain reacts on the podium after the 20th and last stage of the 94th Tour de France cycling race between Marcoussis, southwest of Paris, and Paris, Sunday, July...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Spanish cyclist Alberto Contador donned the final yellow jersey on the Champs Elysées yesterday after winning the 94th tour de France. The 24-year-old underdog—who was not even captain of his team—was bolstered by his climbing skills on this year's particularly mountainous route. 

Contador finished 23 seconds in front of Australian Cadel Evans and beat third place finisher and Discover Channel teammate Levi Leipheimer by 31 seconds. The sprint made for the second closest tour ever, after a tumultuous year rocked by drug scandals and the sudden departure of two frontrunners. Some cycling analysts are already calling Contador a winner "by default."