Cavendish seals green jersey

Spectacular Tour brought to a close

Last Updated: 25/07/11 8:40am

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Cavendish: Took his fifth win of this year's Tour and his 20th in total

Cavendish: Took his fifth win of this year's Tour and his 20th in total

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Mark Cavendish secured the green points jersey after winning the final stage of the Tour de France while Cadel Evans sealed overall victory.

Cavendish factfile

1985: Born Douglas, Isle of Man on May 21.

2005: Claims first professional victory with win on stage one of the Tour of Berlin.
March - Wins gold in the Madison at the track cycling World Championships in Los Angeles alongside Rob Hayles.

2006: March - Wins Commonwealth Games scratch race gold medal.
September - Tour of Britain points jersey winner.

2007: May - Wins prologue, stage one, points and sprint jersey's in Tour of Britain.

2008: March - Wins Madison gold in Track Cycling World Championships in Manchester alongside Bradley Wiggins.
May: Wins two stages of Giro d'Italia.
July: Wins four stages of the Tour de France.
August: Fails to win an Olympic medal in a disappointing Madison race alongside Wiggins.

2009: March - Wins 100th Milan-San Remo Classic.
May - Becomes the first Briton to wear the pink jersey for the Giro d'Italia general classification leader after squad win opening team time-trial. Also wins three stages.
June - Wins stage six of the Tour de Suisse to equal Chris Boardman's record for a British rider of 41 professional victories.
July - Wins six stages in the Tour de France, including on the Champs Elysees, but misses out on the green jersey after he is docked points for barging rival Thor Hushovd of Norway.
September - Wins first stage of the Tour of Missouri in St Louis for the 50th road win of his career.

2010: April - Wins stage two of the Tour de Romandie, but celebrates with a two-fingered victory salute. Later apologises but is withdrawn from the race by his team.
July - Wins five Tour de France stages, including on the Champs Elysees for second successive time, but finishes 11 points behind Alessandro Petacchi in the green jersey contest.
September - Becomes only the second Briton after Robert Millar to win stages in all three grand tours after success on stage 12 of Vuelta a Espana. Goes on to win three stages and claim points classification jersey.

2011: June 10 - Awarded MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours.
July 13 - Wins his third stage of the 2011 Tour in Lavaur to take the green jersey.
July 17 - Takes fourth win for fourth successive Tour in Montpellier to move to 19 wins in four years.
July 21/22 - Docked 20 points in successive mountain stages to see green jersey lead reduced to 15 points.
July 24 - Wins final stage in Paris to make certain of the green jersey.

The 26-year-old Cavendish took his career total to 20 stage wins as he became the first ever rider to take three successive victories on the Champs-Elysees and the first Brit to clinch the green jersey.

His HTC-Highroad team came to the fore to the final lap and put their lead-out train into motion to deliver their sprinter to the line for the biggest victory of his career.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) and Andre Greipel (Omega Pharma-Lotto) rounded out the podium place on the stage, while Cadel Evans finished safely in the bunch to clinch the yellow jersey and the first ever success for an Australian in the event.

The 34-year-old landed the hammer blow on the penultimate stage time trial and took a comfortable victory by one minute and 34 seconds over Andy Schleck (Leopard Trek) with brother and team-mate Frank Schleck third.

Crowning glory

Evans' BMC team led the peloton onto the finishing circuit for the first time after a ceremonial run-in from the suburb of Creteil.

It did not take long for the action to kick off as attacks began, a six-man group including Team Sky's Ben Swift moving clear just ahead of the day's pivotal intermediate sprint.

HTC-Highroad controlled the bunch on behalf of Cavendish and the Manxman took the maximum remaining points on the line to extend his lead ahead of the finale.

Fellow breakaway member Lars Bak (HTC-Highroad) broke clear in the final five kilometres before his team-mates came to the fore to guide Cavendish into pole position.

The Manxman kicked with just under 200 metres remaining but had to go again to finally shake off Boasson Hagen and claim a famous victory.

Hard works pays off in style

"It worked out exactly as we wanted it to; we wanted an escape group to go, with ideally someone in there. Then we put the whole team on the front for the last 5km. The guys timed it perfect," said a delighted Cavendish afterwards.

"Going round the last corner there was a block headwind finish and I left it until 170 metres to go and knew it would be tough. But I just gave it everything to the line. I jumped and noticed Edvald was there so I just kicked again and accelerated away.

"I'm so, so happy and incredibly proud of the guys. It's a great way to finish the Tour.

"This green jersey means so much, we've worked so hard for it. They changed the rules this year and, while it's worked out, we really had to fight for it but it's so, so worth it. I've been trying to get this for the last few years and it's a super-emotional day for me."

Aussie rules

It was a landmark day too for Evans who took the biggest prize of all and he said: "Wow, a few people always believed in me and I believed in myself and here we are today - we did it.

"I haven't had chance to think about the impact back home in Australia but I look forward to seeing that in the coming days and weeks.

"It's been such a long process to get to this point so it may take a while for it all to sink in. It's been an amazing experience.

"For me personally the highlight was the last three or four kilometres of the time trial yesterday, the hardest bit had been done and I knew we were on the right track. It was an incredible feeling - normally the last stages of a time trial are the worst, but not yesterday."

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