(Reuters) - Australian Cadel Evans was set to win the Tour de France after snatching the overall lead when he finished second in Saturday's 20th stage, a 42.5-km time trial won by German Tony Martin.
Evans, who was trailing Andy Schleck by 57 seconds before the start, beat the Luxembourg rider by two minutes and 31 seconds.
He beat Schleck's brother Frank, whom he was trailing by four seconds, by two minutes and 34 seconds according to provisional results.
Stage 20 Results
1. Tony Martin HTC-Highroad - 0:55:33
2. Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 0:00:07
3. Alberto Contador Velasco Saxo Bank Sungard - 0:01:06
4. Thomas De Gendt Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team - 0:01:29
5. Richie Porte Saxo Bank Sungard - 0:01:30
6. Jean-Christophe Peraud AG2R La Mondiale - 0:01:33
7. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez Euskaltel-Euskadi - 0:01:37
8. Fabian Cancellara Leopard Trek - 0:01:42
9. Peter Velits HTC-Highroad - 0:02:03
10. Rein Taaramae Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
General classification after Stage 20
1. Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team - 83:45:20
2. Andy Schleck Leopard Trek - 0:01:34
3. Fränk Schleck Leopard Trek - 0:02:30
4. Thomas Voeckler Team Europcar - 0:03:20
5. Alberto Contador Velasco Saxo Bank Sungard - 0:03:57
6. Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez Euskaltel-Euskadi - 0:04:55
7. Damiano Cunego Lampre - ISD - 0:06:05
8. Ivan Basso Liquigas-Cannondale - 0:07:23
9. Thomas Danielson Team Garmin-Cervelo - 0:08:15
10. Jean-Christophe Peraud AG2R La Mondiale - 0:10:11
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"Evans makes Tour de France history for Australia
By Justin Davis (AFP)
GRENOBLE, France - Cadel Evans is set to become the first Australian winner of the Tour de France after overcoming his overnight deficit to Andy Schleck in the penultimate stage time trial Saturday.
BMC leader Evans started the 42.5 km race against the clock with a 57sec deficit to Schleck in the overall standings but easily erased that on his way to second place behind stage winner Tony Martin of Germany.
It means Evans will go into Sunday's final stage, a 95 km run from Creteil to Paris which is traditionally not disputed by the overall contenders, as the new race champion.
"I can't quite believe I've done it," said Evans, who was applauded by hundreds of his flag-waving compatriots after he pulled on the yellow jersey for the first time in the race.
"It's an incredible day for us, for Cadel and for the sport in general," added BMC team manager Jim Ochowicz.
Evans, the runner-up in 2007 and 2008, will succeed Spain's three-time champion Alberto Contador, who suffered a dramatic collapse in the penultimate stage Thursday to all but drop out of contention." Read more from AFP...
"Evans set to make history as first Australian Tour de France winner
(CNN) -- Cadel Evans will make history tomorrow as the first Australian winner of the Tour de France after a brilliant performance in Saturday's individual time trial left him with a commanding lead over his nearest rivals.
BMC's Evans started the 42.5 km race in Grenoble against the clock with a 57 seconds deficit to Andy Schleck in the race for the yellow jersey, but easily overhauled the Luxembourg rider as he finished in second place behind 20th stage winner Tony Martin of Germany.
Evans, the 2009 world champion, will go into Sunday's concluding stage to Paris with a one minute 34 second lead over Andy Schleck, whose older brother Frank Schleck will finish third overall as he trails by two minutes and 30 seconds." Read more from CNN International...
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