Australian biker conquers the Alps

Katherine Deal, Sports Editor
August 18, 2011
Filed under Sports Archives

Battling the harsh terrain and summer heat, 22 teams of professional cyclists competed this year in the 98th Tour de France. This year’s route ran 2,131 miles from Vendee to Paris and was split into 21 stages over the course of July.

Riders conquered nine stages of the Alps, and there were numerous crashes, sometimes resulting in severe injuries.

While there were winners of each stage, the grand champion this year was Cadel Evans, the first native Australian ever to win the Tour.

After crossing the finish line, he commented, “It’s been years of hard work, and there were a lot of moments in this three weeks where our Tour was lost, but to get here safely with all my skin…just that alone is a quest in itself.”


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