Stage twenty-one: round-up

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.

Stage 21: Créteil > Paris Champs-Élysées

We’ve come to the final stage of the Tour and tradition has it that the winner is already decided, barring an unprecedented attack or accident. Still, crossing the line on the Champs-Élysées is something the sprinters will be battling for – will Cowvendish be laughing at the end of today?

Starting a mere 8km outside of Paris, the pelaton will take a gentle, winding Sunday ride for 95 km until hitting the Champs-Élysées and letting the sprinters loose for a few circuits. This will give you plenty of time to view the background landmarks (look them up in your Frommers if necessary), drink some champagne and treat yourself to some …ummm…. readily available “speciality cheese” to  mark the occasion.

The Laughing Cow (French: La vache qui rit) is a brand of cheese products and in particular refers to the brand’s most popular product, the spreadable wedge.     Wikipedia  (Honestly we can’t make these things up!)

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