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Cadel Evans Wins Tour De France in Historic Fashion

| by Alex Groberman

As he stood atop the podium after winning cycling’s biggest and most recognizable race, Cadel Evans realized that he had finally reached the plateau that had escaped him by the slimmest of margins twice before. The man with two runner-up finishes (in 2007 and 2008) to his name coming into the 2011 incarnation of the Tour De France, was a bridesmaid no longer.

“I couldn’t be any happier. A few people always believed in me. I always believed in me. And we did it,” he said afterward.

“Finally!”

The Australian national anthem played loudly as Evans stood victorious, garbed in his country’s flag and with the eyes of the world upon him. Thanks to Sunday’s result, he became the first Australian to ever win the legendary tournament, and the second oldest rider since World War II to achieve the feat.

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Evans’ jubilation was undeniable after the race. He hugged riders from different teams, thanked the crowd with tears of joy in his eyes and then collected himself, only to coolly step up and take his prizes.

“Thank you to everyone. It’s really incredible,” he told the crowd.

Evans was accompanied by second and third place winners, Andy and Frank Scleck of Luxembourg. Andy finished more than a minute and a half behind Evans in the final results.

The 21st and last stage of the tournament was won by Britian’s Mark Cavendish – who earned the honor for the third straight year.

Check out the entire top 10 (via SB Nation) below:

 

1.

EVANS Cadel

141

BMC RACING TEAM

86h 12' 22"

 

2.

SCHLECK Andy

11

TEAM LEOPARD-TREK

86h 13' 56"

+ 01' 34"

3.

SCHLECK Frank

18

TEAM LEOPARD-TREK

86h 14' 52"

+ 02' 30"

4.

VOECKLER Thomas

181

TEAM EUROPCAR

86h 15' 42"

+ 03' 20"

5.

CONTADOR Alberto

1

SAXO BANK SUNGARD

86h 16' 19"

+ 03' 57"

6.

SANCHEZ Samuel

21

EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI

86h 17' 17"

+ 04' 55"

7.

CUNEGO Damiano

161

LAMPRE - ISD

86h 18' 27"

+ 06' 05"

8.

BASSO Ivan

91

LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE

86h 19' 45"

+ 07' 23"

9.

DANIELSON Tom

52

TEAM GARMIN - CERVELO

86h 20' 37"

+ 08' 15"

10.

PERAUD Jean-Christophe

108

AG2R LA MONDIALE

86h 22' 33"

+ 10' 11"