Cav' wins on the Champs; Contador crowned Tour champion

Cycling : Tour de France 2009 / Stage 21

Alberto Contador collected the final yellow jersey of the 2009 Tour de France on Sunday as Oakley’s Mark Cavendish won the 21st and final stage.

Britain’s Mark Cavendish called his sixth stage win in this year’s Tour de France “beautiful” after powering to a stunning victory on the Champs-Élysées on Sunday.

“The Champs-Élysées is a dream for every sprinter in the world; to cross the finish line in view of the Arc de Triomphe with your arms in the air,” Cavendish said. "It was a beautiful feeling, it was a proud feeling and to win made it even more beautiful. It’s one of the most spectacular feelings and it didn’t disappoint me.”

Oakley’s Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) placed second, followed by Oakley’s Lance Armstrong in third.

The runner-up credited his brother for his success.

“I owe part of this achievement to my brother Fränk, who for three weeks sacrificed himself trying to help me,” said the younger Schleck.

As for Armstrong, the seven-time Tour champ said he had no regrets about finishing third.

“I came here to do my best and I came across some guys who were clearly better than me,” he said. “I don’t have any regrets. I got put out a couple of times, but considering my age and recent racing, it’s not a bad performance overall.”

Oakley dominated the Tour de France with 15 stage victories (out of a total of 21), the Green and White Jerseys, four riders placing in the top five and 14 days in Yellow.

Author

Tess Weaver

Date

July 26, 2009