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Spain's Alberto Contador wins second Tour de France title

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Latest update : 2009-07-28

There were no surprises on Sunday as Spain's Alberto Contador was crowned champion of the Tour de France for the second time, after the traditional grand finale on the French capital's Champs Elysees.

AFP - Alberto Contador of Spain was crowned Tour de France champion for the second time after the 21st and final stage on Sunday.

Britain's Mark Cavendish, of the Columbia team, won the final stage at the Champs Elysees to claim a record-equalling sixth victory of the race.

Contador, 26, finished the 96th edition of the world's toughest bike race with a lead of 4min 11sec on Luxembourg's Andy Schleck of Saxo Bank.
Seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, Contador's teammate at Astana, was third overall at 5:24.

Schleck, 24, won the race's white jersey for the best placed rider aged 25 and under for the second year in a row.

Armstrong claimed a commendable place on the podium having decided to end a three-and-a-half year retirement when he returned to professional racing in January.

Norwegian Thor Hushovd did enough at the finish to keep the sprinters' green jersey for the points competition while Italian Franco Pellizotti of Liquigas won the polka dot jersey for the race's best climber.

Date created : 2009-07-26

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