Team BMC Racing's Cadel Evans Wins Tour de France 2011
Team HTC-HighRoad's Mark Cavendish (Isle of Man) crowned his first ever green points jersey win in the Tour de France with a third straight stage victory on the Champs Elysées.
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Seven or eight riders were still in competition for the victory during the climbs of the Alps in the final week. Evans looked at one point to have lost his chance, when Andy Schleck rode away from the others on the Galibier pass. But he held his nerve, kept fighting in impressive fashion, and finished well ahead of Schleck in the time trial on Saturday to guarantee his victory.
Before setting off on Sunday, riders removed their helmets and observed a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the terrible attacks in and near Oslo in Norway which took place on Friday.
"When this kind of thing happens, everybody forgets about the sport," Norwegian rider Thor Hushovd of Team Garmin-Cervélo said. "It's not even important in comparison.
"It's quite nice that everybody thinks of us. We're a small country. Unfortunately this can happen anywhere."
Hushovd and Boasson Hagen won two stages each in this year's Tour de France.
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