Cadel Evans Wins Tour de France

Cadel Evans finished more than two minutes ahead of Andy Schleck on Saturday’s individual time trial, the penultimate stage, to grab the yellow jersey before completing his splendid run with Sunday’s ceremonial ride to Champs Elysees that made him the first Tour de France champion¬†from Australia.

Evans, who started Saturday’s 20th stage 57 seconds behind Schleck, finished second to Tony Martin in the time trial with a time of 55 minutes and 40 seconds. He grabbed the yellow jersey when Schleck could only muster a time of 58 minutes and 11 seconds. After Sunday’s final stage, Evans’s margin from Schleck was 1:34, while Schleck’s older brother, Frank, grabbed the final podium place, 2:30 behind the new champion.

Defending champion Alberto Contador finished 5th, just behind Frenchman Thomas Voeckler, who wore the yellow jersey for ten days before Andy Schleck grabbed it after the 19th stage.

Before Sunday’s victory, Evans was best known for his back-to-back Tour de France runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2008. “I just want to say thank you to everyone who’s had faith in me,” Evans said during the awarding ceremonies. “I couldn’t be happier than to be standing up right here in the middle.”