2011 Tour De France, Stage 21 Results: Cadel Evans Is First Australian To Claim Victory

The 2011 Tour de France is complete and Australia has claimed its first ever overall Tour victory. Cadel Evans of Santa Rosa-based BMC racing put together a consistently strong performance over the course of three weeks and claimed victory. Evans had twice previously claimed second place  on the Tour but finally broke through as he was never lower than fourth this month. Andy and Frank Schleck finished second and third respectively, the first time in history two brothers have made the podium.

Mark Cavendish claimed victory in the final stage to earn his 20th stage win, and more importantly his second career green jersey. BMC Racing was given the honor of leading the race heading into the Champs-Élysées. However, once they begin the eight circuits within the city, it was every man for himself. Cavendish entered the stage with a 15 point lead, with upwards of 65 points remaining. Kristjan Koren claimed the maximum 20 points at the 59.5 kilometer mark. Cavendish only claimed nine points, but second place JJ Rojas only managed seven points. Cavendish put the title to bed at the end as he claimed the maximum 45 points at the finish, winning the green jersey by 62 points.

In other victories, Team Garmin-Cervelo won the overall team standings, finishing 11 minutes, 4 seconds ahead of second place Team Leopard-Trek with a time of 258 hours, 18 minutes, 49 seconds. Samuel Sanchez claimed the polka dot climbers jersey with 108 points, ten points better than second place Andy Schleck. Sanchez secured the victory in Stage 19's final climb of Alpe d'Huez. Pierre Rollan claimed the white jersey as the best young rider, finishing 46 second ahead of Rein Taaramae and in 11th place overall.

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