Last updated: 23rd July 2011
Cadel Evans (BIO) captured the Tour de France 2011 title as he overpowered Andy Schleck in the individual time trial penultimate stage. Evans expected to have the advantage in this time trial and he proved to the world that is the strongest man in the Tour de France 2011.
Evans was 57 seconds behind Andy and 4 seconds behind Frank Schleck before the start of Stage 20. He pedaled his bike and he gained already 36 seconds in the first time check in the 18km marked against Schleck. In the second time check, Evans has 1:50 seconds advantage over Schleck. Andy Schleck failed to win the Tour de France again as he lost the last two to Alberto Contador, now to the Australian Evans.
Cadel Evans came through a magnificent performance in beating Andy Schleck in this all important Stage 20 of Tour de France. Whoever wears the yellow jersey today absolutely wins the tour for tomorrow will just be a celebration going to Paris.
Evans never gave up on the ascent to Galibier in the 18th stage in which Schleck almost have the advantage of four minutes. Evans rode with persistency cutting the lead tima of Schleck to a reachable position. Evans was so quiet in the past stages as he is the most consistent of the Contenders. When Contador attacked in the 16th round, Evans was on the wheels of Contador.
Furthermore, Evans had been also in this situation before when he lost to Contador in the penultimate round in the individual time trial. Evans deserved to be the champion for he was the strongest with consistency.
Meanwhile, it would be a failure for Andy Schleck for the third time getting the runner up. Schleck never had been great in the individual time trial.