Tour de France 18 – 21

So there it is,  this year’s edition and the 98th Tour de France is over.  It’s been a fascinating Tour this year,  with the coverted Yellow Jersey being won, and richly deserved by Australian Cadel Evans,  in a time of 86h 12’22”,  1’34” and 2’30” ahead respectively of brothers Andy and Frank Schleck,  who them themselves had excellent rides.   The Green Jersey went to Britain’s Mark Cavendish.
I hope you have enjoyed following the Tour de France here, as much as I have, putting it together.

Here then, is the final result of the 2011 Tour de France.

2011 Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans.

1 EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM  AUS  86h 12’22” 
2 SCHLECK Andy 11 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX  86h 13’56” +01’34”
3 SCHLECK Frank 18 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  LUX  86h 14’52” +02’30”
4 VOECKLER Thomas 181 TEAM EUROPCAR  FRA  86h 15’42” +03’20”
5 CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD  ESP  86h 16’19” +03’57”
6 SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  86h 17’17” +04’55”
7 CUNEGO Damiano 161 LAMPRE – ISD  ITA  86h 18’27” +06’05”
8 BASSO Ivan 91 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE  ITA  86h  19’45” +07’23”
9 DANIELSON Tom 52 TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  USA  86h 20’37” +08’15”
10 PERAUD Jean-Christophe 108 AG2R LA MONDIALE  FRA 86h 22’33” +10’11”

Green Jersey (Points) winner, Mark Cavendish

Green Jersey: CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD  GBR  334 points
Polka Dot Jersey: SANCHEZ Samuel EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI  ESP  108points
White Jersey: ROLLAND Pierre  FRA  86h 23’05”
Team Competition: TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  258h 18’49” 

Stage 18:

In one of the most exciting stages ever in the history of the Tour de France, a brilliant solo ride saw Andy Schleck take victory at Galibier, although he missed out on claiming the yellow jersey by just 15 seconds

Stage 18 results:

1. Andy Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek) 6:07:56
2. Frank Schleck (Team Leopard-Trek) + 02:07
3. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) + 02:15
4. Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) + 02:18
5. Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) + 02:21
6. Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) + 02:27
7. Damiano Cunego (lamprey – ISD) + 02:33
8. Rei Taaramae (Cofidis Le Credit en Ligne) + 03:22
9. Tom Danielson (Team Garmin-Cervelo) + 03:25
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Team Garmin-Cervelo) + 03:31

Stage 19:

France finally has its first stage win in this Tour, after a phenomenal ride from Pierre Rolland, saw him first over the finish at Alpe d’Huez.  He climbed the 21 hairpin turns of Alpe d’Huez brilliantly, winning by just 14 seconds from Samuel Sanchez.  This also allowed him to claim the white young riders’ jersey.

Stage 19 result:

1. Pierre Rolland (Europcar)  3h 13’25”
2. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel)  + 00’14”
3. Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Sungard)  + 00’23”
4. Peter Velits (HTC – Highroad)  + 00’57”
5. Cadel Evans (BMC Racing)  + 00’57”
6. Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil)  + 00’57”
7. Damiano Cunego (Lampre)  + 00’57”
8. Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek)  + 00’57”
9. Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek)  + 00’57”
10. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin – Cervelo)  + 01’15”

Stage 20:

Cadel Evans,  who has been consistent throughout the whole Tour, chose just the right day to make his mark in the General Classification, winning the individual time trial to easily overcome the 57-second deficit he had to make up on Andy Schleck.

Stage 20 Result:

1. MARTIN Tony 175 HTC – HIGHROAD 55’33”  
2. EVANS Cadel 141 BMC RACING TEAM 55’40” + 00’07”
3. CONTADOR Alberto 1 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 56’39” + 01’06”
4. DE GENDT Thomas 203 VACANSOLEIL-DCM 57’02” + 01’29”
5. PORTE Richie 5 SAXO BANK SUNGARD 57’03” + 01’30”
6. PERAUD Jean-Christophe 108 AG2R LA MONDIALE 57’06” + 01’33”
7. SANCHEZ Samuel 21 EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 57’10” + 01’37”
8. CANCELLARA Fabian 12 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK 57’15” + 01’42”
9. VELITS Peter 179 HTC – HIGHROAD 57’36” + 02’03”
10. TAARAMAE Rein 151 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 57’36” +02’03”

Stage 21:

Mark Cavendish won this final stage of this year’s race, his 20th of his Tour career,  to become the first ever British winner of the green jersey, while Cadel Evans secured his first ever Tour de France win with a trouble-free ride into Paris.

Stage 21:
(In a mass finish on the Champs-Élysées,  151 riders came in together, here are the top 10 places)

1. CAVENDISH Mark 171 HTC – HIGHROAD  2h 27’02”  
2. HAGEN Edvald Boasson 114  SKY PROCYCLING  2h 27’02” +00’00”
3. GREIPEL André 33 OMEGA PHARMA – LOTTO  2h 27’02” +00’00”
4. FARRAR Tyler 54 TEAM GARMIN – CERVELO  2h 27’02” +00’00”
5. CANCELLARA Fabian 12 TEAM LEOPARD-TREK  2h 27’02” +00’00”
6. OSS Daniel 95 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 2h 27’02” +00’00”
7. BOZIC Borut 202 VACANSOLEIL-DCM  2h 27’02” +00’00”
8. VAITKUS Tomas 68 PRO TEAM ASTANA  2h 27’02” +00’00”
9. CIOLEK Gerald 123 QUICK STEP CYCLING TEAM  2h 27’02” +00’00”
10. ENGOULVENT Jimmy 214 SAUR-SOJASUN  2h 27’02” +00’00”

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