PARIS (AP) - Carlos Sastre has won the Tour de France in one of
the closest finishes in the 105-year-old race. He is the third
Spaniard in a row to win cycling's premier event.
Sastre held his 65-second lead over Cadel Evans of Australia.
The 21st and final stage was won by Gert Steegmans.
The 89-mile ride to the Champs-Elysees on Sunday was largely
ceremonial because Sastre all but assured himself the victory a day
earlier in the final time trial.
The 33-year-old Spanish rider is among the oldest men to win the
Tour for a first time. It is his sixth top-10 finish in the race.
As in the last two years, this year's Tour was plagued by
doping. Three riders were ousted in drugs busts.
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