Run of the mill last stage of the Tour de France, with no attacks from the favorites, it was all up to the stage win, that finally went to Cavendish, as he out-accelerated everyone to win the stage and to win the Green Jersey. Cadel Evans wins the Tour de France, with Andy and Frank Schleck rounding up the top three. The rest of the GC didn’t change from yesterday. Pierre Rolland wins the White Jersey by 46″ over Rein Taaramae, and Samuel Sanchez gets the Polka Dot Jersey. The most aggressive rider of this year’s tour is Jérémie Roy, who spent over 800km in breakaways.
Well Cadel Evans won the Tour, but the Green Jersey comp is still well alive. With no more mountains since Stage 19, Sanchez clinches his win in the KOM comp.
This wasn’t a race won by a few seconds. Evans won it in a commanding way during the TT, in which he blew off both Schlecks. Even in their own terrain, the high Alps, he was able to marshal enough energy and drive to chase after them to minimize their damage. Had they kept their lead in the mountains, which at one point could have been close to 4′, Evans wouldn’t have won the Tour.
Jeremie Roy (FDJ, #138) was voted the most aggressive rider of the tour.
Evans changes his bike after taking some champers.
The peloton arrives at the Champs-Élysées. Now, the race actually starts because before, it was somewhat leisurely. The peloton is stretched out because of the pace. Flecha is attacking. He’s with Bak (HTC) and a few others, but they are pulled back.
The blistering pace has split the peloton. There are 44km left. The race is for the stage win and the Green Jersey.
There is a small breakaway, 12″ ahead of the peloton. It has Riblon (AG2R), Swift (Sky), Koren (Liquigas), Paulinho (Radioshack), Roy (FDJ), and Bak.
Renshaw is trying to lead Cav ahead. Cav gets 9pts in the intermediate sprint. His lead over Rojas is 17pts.
Cav collided with someone and he had to change bikes. No, it was a mechanical problem of some sort.
The lead is now 42″ and we have 27.6km left.
With 12.2km left, the lead is down to 30″.
Lampre and BMC are pacing the peloton. The lead comes down to 18″ with 7.6km left.
Barredo tries to ride across the gap of 12″. 5.3km left. The lead is down to 5 riders. Bak and Swift are trying to power away. The lead is down to 8″.
The HTC team gets their lead out train in order. The lead is now 12″ and we have 3.7km left. They are speeding at 75kph. Swift is swept up by the peloton.
Bak has got a 3″ lead. He’s swept up as well. The peloton is together. There are 1.9km left. HTC has their lead out train organized for Cav. Cav wins the stage and wins the Green Jersey comp.
Samuel Sanchez wins the KOM comp.
Pierre Rolland wins the White Jersey comp.
Jérémie wins as the most aggressive rider. He was in breakaway for over 800km.
Evans win the Tour de France. Andy Schleck gets second and Frank Schleck gets third. As Australian’s national anthem is sung, Cadel Evans drapes the flag across his shoulders, and takes off his cap and yellow glasses. We can hear Australians singing as well in the crowd.
Evans addresses the crowd and riders in French. That’s nice. Then he switches to English.