Congratulations to Cadel Evans! Winner of the 2011 Tour de France

The riders whizzed past the crowds along Quai Malaquais.
Headlines in Australia and around the world are proclaiming that Cadel Evans is "King of France" after his victorious ride in the the 2,132 mile Tour de France.  But what they're not telling you about are the obstacles, like road and metro station closures, that some spectators encountered on their way to watch the race.  Sure, we should have left home a lot earlier, but inspired by Evans' brilliant performance in the last stage of the race we somehow thought that we could make it to the Rue de Rivoli in record time.  We couldn't.  We were, however, able to arrive just in time to see the cyclists whiz past us on the Quai Malaquais before hurrying over to the Louvre where we watched them enter the tunnel over and over again as they circled the Tuileries Garden and rode up and down the Champs Elysees.

Cadel Evans, the third from the front, wearing the winner's yellow jersey. (Photo credit - Stephane)
Congratulations to Cadel Evans, the first Australian to win the Tour de France. Rumor has it that the Australian prime minister has promised a day off to celebrate Evans' victory.

A proud Aussie strolling through the Tuileries Garden.