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Cadel Evan, the 34 year old Australian  won the Tour de France 2011 edition.
 

Cadel Evan, the 34 year old Australian  won the Tour de France 2011 edition, becoming the first Australian to capture cycling's most prestigious title. Evans is the oldest winner of the Tour since World War II, narrowly eclipsing Gino Bartali of Italy - who was also 34 but slightly younger - when he won in 1948. The all-time record was set by 36-year-old Firmin Lambot of Belgium - in 1922. After starting the stage on a specially painted yellow bike, Evans switched back to his normal bike. The team said he wanted to finish on the bike that he'd won the race on.
Wrapped in an Australian flag, Evans looked close to tears as the Australian national anthem was played. He was joined on the podium by the Schleck brothers of Luxembourg - Andy, who finished second overall for the third straight year, and Frank, who was third.

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 Mark Cavendish for the third year in a row. He also took the green jersey for the overall best sprinter.

The polka-dot jersey awarded to the best climber went to Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez of Spain, who brought his two children onto the podium with him, while the best young rider was Pierre Rolland of France.

This year's edition of the 108-year-old race featured one of the most exciting finishes in years - and without a serious doping blight that marred past Tours.