Evans’ star finally has arrived

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Evans’ star finally has arrived

Two-time runner-up, Aussie’s time trial delivers a Tour de France win and cycling celebrity
New overall leader Cadel Evans of Australia rides Stage 20 on Saturday of the Tour de France, an individual time trial more than 26.4 miles around Grenoble, Alps region, France. Evans overtook Andy Schleck for first place.
Victory in the Tour de France has been a long time coming for Cadel Evans. He finished eighth in 2005, fourth in 2006 and runner-up in 2007 and 2008.
“When it’s me on the mountain when I’m alone, it’s my legs, but the guys who got me there – Burghardt, Hincapie, particularly on the flat, were just incredible,” Cadel Evans said. “The team really delivered me to this point to get me in this position (Saturday), not just the riders, everyone behind the scenes as well.”
A child cheers new overall leader Cadel Evans of Australia during the Stage 20 time trial in Grenoble, Alps region, France. Evans has made several fans during this year’s Tour de France.
Cadel Evans choked up Saturday as he described how he wished his longtime coach Aldo Sassi – who died in December – could have been there to see this victory.
Cadel Evans strained to a dominant second-place finish in Saturday’s critical individual time trial, all but giving the Aussie his first – and the country’s first – Tour de France championship.

Evans’ star finally has arrived

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New overall leader Cadel Evans of Australia rides Stage 20 on Saturday of the Tour de France, an individual time trial more than 26.4 miles around Grenoble, Alps region, France. Evans overtook Andy Schleck for first place.
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Victory in the Tour de France has been a long time coming for Cadel Evans. He finished eighth in 2005, fourth in 2006 and runner-up in 2007 and 2008.
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“When it’s me on the mountain when I’m alone, it’s my legs, but the guys who got me there – Burghardt, Hincapie, particularly on the flat, were just incredible,” Cadel Evans said. “The team really delivered me to this point to get me in this position (Saturday), not just the riders, everyone behind the scenes as well.”
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A child cheers new overall leader Cadel Evans of Australia during the Stage 20 time trial in Grenoble, Alps region, France. Evans has made several fans during this year’s Tour de France.
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Cadel Evans choked up Saturday as he described how he wished his longtime coach Aldo Sassi – who died in December – could have been there to see this victory.
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Cadel Evans strained to a dominant second-place finish in Saturday’s critical individual time trial, all but giving the Aussie his first – and the country’s first – Tour de France championship.
Stage 20 of the Tour de France

GRENOBLE, France – A brief look at Saturday’s 20th stage of the Tour de France:
Stage: The penultimate stage of this year’s race was a time trial of 26.4 miles, starting and ending in the Alpine city of Grenoble. The route was hilly and technical but had no major climbs.
Winner: Tony Martin, the German time-trial specialist on the HTC-Highroad team completed the course in 55 minutes, 33 seconds, seven seconds ahead of Australian Cadel Evans.
Yellow Jersey: Evans’ fantastic ride has taken him from third place overnight to first place, with a lead of 1:34 over Andy Schleck of Luxembourg. With the final stage little more than a victory parade, Evans now is guaranteed the victory.
Tom Danielson: The Fort Lewis College alumnus is in line for a top-10 finish in his first Tour de France. He finished the stage 11th, 2:08 behind Martin, and he is ninth overall, 8:15 behind Evans - both results are tops among the remaining Americans in the field.
Alberto Contador: The three-time winner and defending champion finished third Saturday and will finish this tour in fifth place, 3:57 back.
Quote of the Day: “You get here so exhausted that a little bit of energy reserves can go a long way.” Evans on the time trial at the end of a three-week race.
Today: The final stage of the 2011 Tour de France will start from the suburb of Creteil and will end, as is tradition, on Paris’ Champs-Élysées. For the winner of the race as a whole, it will be a long celebratory procession. For the sprinters, however, the stage victory and the green points jersey still are in play.

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