The individual time trial rendered me inarticulate; it should come as no surprise that the confirmation of Cadel Evans as winner of Le Tour has not resulted in me being any less of a gibbering mess.
The basic facts, then, in case you have been out of the news loop and have for some reason come here to catch up:
- Cadel Evans (BMC) is the first Australian to win the Tour de France and relived the experience of being in a Schleck sandwich, this time on the podium in Paris, between second place-getter Andy and GC number three, Fränck.
- Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) won the stage and the green jersey.
- Sammy Sanchez (Euskaltel Euskadi) took the King of the Mountains award.
- Pierre Rolland (Europcar) won the white jersey.
- Jérémy Roy (Francaise des Jeux) won the “Super Combative” award and the informal award for the most extravagantly-pronounced name by Sherwen and Liggett.
- There are no cows in Paris.
Of course, you want more than this. Here’s a start:
- Rupert Guinness reports for the Sydney Morning Herald here and offers a stage-by-stage “how Cadel did it” here.
- Greg Baum and Samantha Lane provide their perspectives for The Age.
- The Australian highlights the years of work Cadel has put in to achieve this goal.
- The New York Times report headlines Cadel’s age, rather than his Australian-ness, but stops short of calling him “old man Cadel Evans” as this Guardian report does. It’s worth looking through The Guardian’s Tour de France coverage, though. Their live blogs of stages (the “as it happened” pieces) are particularly entertaining.
- Of course, Cycling Central has the Tour well and truly under control. If you haven’t caught up on the podcasts, it’s not to late to do so.
- And there’ll be no resting on laurels, or anything else, as the ABC proves with this headline: Evans tipped to win Tour again.
Images: SBS Cycling Central, Mr Gadget