Carlos Sastre on the TdF podium with his two children

Carlos Sastre on the TdF podium with his two children

Carlos Sastre sealed his first Tour de France title to become the third Spaniard in as many years to win cycling’s biggest race. He finished the final stage on the Champs-Elysees in Paris yesterday in the main group of riders to end the 3,500 kilometer (2,175-mile) event 58 seconds ahead of Australia’s Cadel Evans (this year’s favourite to win), who was also runner-up last year.

Spaniards Alberto Contador and Oscar Pereiro won the past two Tours and Sastre’s win gives his country a third major sporting triumph in a month. Sadly, two of the four cheats caught doping in this year’s tour came from Spain too. Manuel Beltran (ex-Liquigas) and Moises Duenas (ex-Barloworld).

Sastre, the seventh Spaniard to win the Tour, took the lead July 23 by winning the 17th stage on the summit of L’Alpe d’Huez by more than two minutes.

A hearty congrats to Sastre for winning of the most exciting and closest Tour’s we’ve seen yet in the past few years!

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