Cadel Evans's victory marks the first time an Australian has won the Tour. Until now, Evans, a runner-up in 2007 and 2008, was known as one of the Tour's prickliest riders.
Andy Schleck, the runner-up from the past two years, is leading the overall standings. But Australian Cadel Evans could overtake him before Sunday's finale in Paris.
Garmin-Cervélo, a US squad seeking to transform cycling with a zero-tolerance policy on doping, defied skeptics with an impressive performance in the Alps – including today's Alpe d'Huez climb.
The French Alps have always been the holy grail of cycling. But this year the quest is even tougher: Tour de France cyclists will set a new record for the highest finish.
Tour de France cyclists still head out for a ride and juggle press conferences and massages. Back in the day, riders had 14 days off and some even swam in the Mediterranean.
Two-time defending champion Alberto Contador is once again the favorite as the Tour de France heads into the Pyrénéan climbs this week and next week’s Alpine stages.