As is tradition, the last stage of the Tour is little more than a coronation parade in honor of the champion and other jersey winners, usually ending in a bunch sprint on the Champs Elysees. The 95th Tour de France was no different, with Gert Steegmans redeeming Quick Step's Tour de France with their first stage win.
Carlos Sastre is crowned the 95th Tour de France winner! Sastre was able to make the 143 kilometer stage into Paris without incident and becomes the third straight Spainard to win the title, besting Cadel Evans by 58 seconds.
Stage 21 Results
1 Gert Steegmans (Bel) Quick Step - 3.51.38
2 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Columbia
3 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Silence - Lotto
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole
6 Julian Dean (NZl) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30
7 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner
8 Robert Förster (Ger) Gerolsteiner
9 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
10 Robert Hunter (RSA) Barloworld
Final General classification
1 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC - Saxo Bank - 87.52.52
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto - 0.58
3 Bernhard Kohl (Aut) Gerolsteiner - 1.13
4 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank - 2.10
5 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30 - 3.05
6 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC - Saxo Bank - 4.28
7 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi - 6.25
8 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - 6.55
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne - 7.12
10 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) AG2R La Mondiale - 9.05
Full results here..
Links to news sites...
"Spaniard Sastre sprints to Tour de France win
PARIS (AP) - Carlos Sastre has won the Tour de France in one of the closest finishes in the 105-year-old race. He is the third Spaniard in a row to win cycling's premier event.
Sastre held his 65-second lead over Cadel Evans of Australia. The 21st and final stage was won by Gert Steegmans." Read more from The Associated Press...
"Sastre crowned Tour de France champion
PARIS (AFP) - Spain's Carlos Sastre wrapped up his maiden Tour de France triumph here on Sunday following the final stage of the race into Paris.
Sastre, a 33-year-old climbing specialist who rides for the CSC team, became the eighth Spaniard to win the race's yellow jersey and the third consecutively after Oscar Pereiro (2006) and Alberto Contador (2007)." Read more from the AFP...
"Sastre wraps up his first Tour victory as Steegmans wins the finale
Carlos Sastre (CSC-Saxo Bank) won the 95th Tour de France on Sunday as Gert Steegmans (Quick Step) took the 21st and final stage on the Champs-Élysées.
The 143km stage began with the traditional celebratory procession - riders swapping helmets with race moto drivers, sipping champagne with their directors and otherwise acting the fool - as the peloton ambled from Etampes toward Paris." Read more from VeloNews.com...
"Sastre strolls into Paris
Steegmans redeems Quick Step's Tour
Belgian Gert Steegmans redeemed what was a dismal Tour de France for the Quick Step team with a rapid-fire sprint on the Champs Élysées. Denied its sprinter Tom Boonen who last year won the green jersey of best sprinter, the team struggled to find its place in this year's event. But Steegmans turned all that around thanks to a brilliant lead-out by his team, winning the final stage ahead of Gerald Ciolek (Team Columbia) and green jersey winner Oscar Freire (Rabobank)." Read more from CyclingNews.com...
Photos by CorVos