Final Tour de France ride opens with Evans in lead

July 24, 2011 - 8:59 AM
Cycling Tour De France

Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, left, greets Andy Schleck of Luxembourg near the start of the 21st stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 95 kilometers (59 miles) starting in Creteil and finishing in Paris, France, Sunday July 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

PARIS (AP) — Cadel Evans is wearing the yellow jersey as Tour de France riders set off for the largely ceremonial 21st stage to the finish on Paris' Champs-Elysees.

The BMC team leader is set to become the first Australian to win the race after the 59-mile ride from the southeastern suburb of Creteil to the French capital on Sunday.

The two-time runner-up answered his critics a day earlier by wresting the race lead from Andy Schleck of Luxembourg in the final time trial.

Before setting off, riders observed a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the attacks in Norway.

This year's edition of the 108-year-old race offered one of the most exciting finishes in years — and without a serious doping blight that marred past Tours.