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Cadel Evans wins Tour de France; Schlecks brothers take 2nd and 3rd

Cadel Evans has won the Tour de France, becoming the first Australian champion in cycling’s greatest race.

The 34-year-old Evans crossed the finish line on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday at the end of the largely ceremonial final stage. He had virtually secured the title with his ride in the time trial in Grenoble a day earlier.

Andy Schleck of Luxembourg finished second overall for the third straight year, with brother Frank Schleck in third.

The 21st and final stage — the most prestigious for the race’s sprinters — was won by Britain’s Mark Cavendish for the third successive year. He also took the green jersey for the overall best sprinter.

The polka-dot jersey awarded to the best climber was taken by Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez of Spain, while the best young rider was Pierre Rolland of France.