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Archives for the day Sunday, July 24th, 2011

Cadel Evans Wins 2011 Tour de France

Congratulations to Cadel Evans, the first Australian winner of the Tour de France, as he overcame a brilliant tandem attack from Andy and Frank Schleck.

Here are the top five overall:

1 Cadel Evans — (Aus) — BMC Racing Team 86:12:22
2 Andy Schleck — (Lux) — Leopard Trek 0:01:34
3 Fränk Schleck — (Lux) — Leopard Trek 0:02:30
4 Thomas Voeckler — (Fra) — Team Europcar 0:03:20
5 Alberto Contador Velasco — (Spa) — Saxo Bank Sungard 0:03:57

I’ve criticized Evans in the past for being a rider that is too hesitant to go on the attack — but he played every card right during this Tour de France. In addition, his BMC Racing squad showed they had the ability to help keep him in the right positions when any type of issues popped up on the road.

The Schlecks will be back in 2012 (and beyond) to continue fighting for the top podium in Paris, both brothers confirmed. Spanish rival Alberto Contador’s fate related to a failed doping test will determine whether or not he’ll play a role in any immediate races.

(Image courtesy of brilliant race photographer Graham Watson.)