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Tour de France 2011 - Part 2

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The 98th Tour de France cycling race came to a close in Paris last Sunday, July 24th, as BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans became the first Australian ever to win the competition. Brothers Andy and Frank Schleck placed second and third. After covering some 3,430.5 kilometers (2,132 miles) in 21 stages, and climbing to some of the highest points in Europe -- Stage 18 included a run through Col Agnel, a 2,744 meter (9,000 feet) high pass through the Alps -- riders descended to Paris on Sunday. For his win, Evans took home a prize of 450,000 euros ($651,200), a prize traditionally shared by winners with their eight other teammates. Collected here are images from the second half of the 2011 Tour de France. Don't forget to see images from Part 1, published earlier. [41 photos]

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Tour de France competitors ride through the rain in the 167.5 km 11th stage of the cycling race, between Blaye-les-Mines and Lavaur, France, on July 13, 2011. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)
Tour de France competitors ride through the rain in the 167.5 km 11th stage of the cycling race, between Blaye-les-Mines and Lavaur, France, on July 13, 2011. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)
The pack rides during the 11th stage of the Tour de France in south central France, on July 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
A picture shows some of the 33 stitches on the legs of Netherland's Johnny Hoogerland, as he leaves the podium at the end of the 11th stage of the 2011 Tour de France. Hoogerland got the stitches after he was hit by a car and fell into a barbed wire fence on the ninth stage. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images) #
Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France, wearing the yellow jersey, checks his tire at the start of the 12th stage of the Tour de France from Cugnaux to Luz Ardiden, on July 14, 2011. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) #
Alberto Contador of Spain and Saxo Bank Sungard catches his breath after finishing stage twelve of the 2011 Tour de France on July 14, 2011, in Luz-Ardiden, France. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #
The teams bikes wait in the official car park after Stage 12 of the 2011 Tour de France on July 14, 2011, in Luz-Saint-Sauveur, France. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) #
Johnny Hoogerland of The Netherlands, wearing the best climber's polka dot jersey, drinks during the 12th stage of the Tour de France, over 211 kilometers starting in Cugnaux and finishing in Luz Ardiden, Pyrenees region, France, on July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Joel Saget) #
The pack rides towards the Pyrenees during the 12th stage of the Tour de France, on July 14, 2011. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
A fan waves a Basque flag while Spain's Samuel Sanchez celebrates as he wins the 12th stage of the 2011 Tour de France in Luz-Ardiden, southwestern France, on July 14, 2011. (Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images) #
The shoe of Euskaltel-Euskadi team rider Samuel Sanchez of Spain, next to an award presenter as he celebrates on the podium after the 12th stage of the Tour de France, in Luz-Ardiden, on July 14, 2011. Sanchez won the stage while Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France retained the leader's yellow jersey. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) #
The pack climbs towards Aubisque pass during the 13th stage of the Tour de France over 152.2 kilometers (94.6 miles) starting in Pau and finishing in Lourdes, France, on July 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
A rider distanced by the pack speeds down Aubisque pass during the 13th stage of the Tour de France, on July 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
Norway's world road champion Thor Hushovd celebrates on the finish line as he wins the 13th stage of the 2011 Tour de France in Lourdes, southwestern France, on July 15, 2011. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images) #
Dutch Rabo rider Laurens ten Dam is covered with blood after he crashed descending from the Col d'Agnes mountain pass on July 16, 2011, during the 14th stage of the Tour de France from Saint-Gaudens to Plateau de Beille. The Dutch rider finished the 168.5 km stage with gauze wrapped around his face to cover his bloodied nose. (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images) #
Luxembourg's Andy Schleck answers a journalist's question prior to the start of the 192.5 km 15th stage of the 2011 Tour de France, run between Limoux and Montpellier, southern France, on July 17, 2011. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images) #
Luxembourg's Andy Schleck (right) rides with Asutralia's Cadel Evans during the 16th stage of the 2011 Tour de France, run between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Gap, the principal city of the Hautes-Alpes, southeastern France, on July 19, 2011. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #
Saur-Sojasun rider Jimmy Engoulvent of France pedals during a breakaway in the 16th stage of the Tour de France, on July 19, 2011. (Reuters/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE) #
The pack with Thomas Voeckler of France, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, rides in the rain during the 16th stage of the Tour de France, on July 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
The pack climbs during the 17th stage of the Tour de France, running from Gap to Pinerolo, northern Italy, on July 20, 2011. (Reuters/Pascal Rossignol) #
The pack crosses Serre Poncon lake at Savines le Lac during the 17th stage of the Tour de France, on July 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) #
The pack speeds downhill during the 17th stage of the Tour de France, on July 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
The pack passes through switchbacks during the 17th stage of the Tour de France, headed toward northern Italy, on July 20, 2011. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse) #
Astana rider Maxim Iglinskiy of Kazakhstan climbs during the 18th stage of the Tour de France, from Pinerolo to Le Galibier-Serre Chevalier, on July 21, 2011. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) #
Cadel Evans (L) of Australia and BMC Racing Team followed by yellow jersey leader Thomas Voeckler of France and Team Europcar on the final climb to the Galibier summit during Stage 18 of the 2011 Tour de France, on July 21, 2011 in Galibier Serre-Chevalier, France. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) #
The pack climbs the Alpe d'Huez mountain during the 18th stage of the Tour de France, on July 21, 2011. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) #
A rider speeds downhill during the 18th stage of the Tour de France, on July 21, 2011. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) #
The pack of riders pedal up the Col de l'Ange during the 18th stage from Pinerolo to Galibier Serre-Chevalier in the Tour de France, on July 21, 2011. (Reuters/Denis Balibouse) #
The pack rides in Agnel pass in the 200.5 km 18th stage of the 2011 Tour de France, on July 21, 2011. This year is the celebratation of the centenary of the first crossing of the Galibier pass by a cyclist on July 1911 during the Chamonix/Grenoble stage of the Tour. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images) #
Europcar rider Thomas Voeckler of France reacts at the finish line during the 18th stage of the Tour de France, on July 21, 2011. Voeckler, who finished fifth, kept the overall leader's jersey and Leopard Trek team rider Andy Schleck of Luxembourg won the stage. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) #
Three-time Tour de France winner Alberto Contador of Spain, Andy Schleck of Luxembourg, Rui Alberto Costa of Portugal, and Christophe Riblon of France, from right to left, climb Galibier pass during the 19th stage of the Tour de France, over 109.5 kilometers (86 miles) starting in Modane Valfrejus and finishing on Alpe d'Huez, Alps region, France, on July 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
Alberto Contador of Spain hits a spectator who got too close, as he climbs Alpe d'Huez during the 19th stage of the Tour de France, on July 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Lionel Bonaventure) #
Leopard-Trek's Andy Schleck of Luxembourg rides down the Col du Galibier during the 19th stage of the Tour de France, on July 22, 2011. (Reuters/Stefano Rellandini) #
Levi Leipheimer of USA and Team Radioshack bursts out of the start ramp during the Individual Time Trial Stage 20 of the 2011 Tour de France, on July 23, 2011 in Grenoble, France. (Michael Steele/Getty Images) #
Tony Martin of Germany and HTC Highroad in action during stage twenty of the 2011 Tour de France, on July 23, 2011 in Le Sonnant d'Uriage, France. (Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) #
Luxembourg's Andy Schleck (center) is comforted by his brother, Luxembourg's national road champion Frank Schleck, at the end of the 42.5 km individual time-trial of the 2011 Tour de France, on July 23, 2011. Andy Schleck had just lost his overall leader's yellow jersey to Cadel Evans of Australia. (Nathalie Magniez/AFP/Getty Images) #
The pack with Samuel Sanchez of Spain, wearing the best climber's dotted jersey, Mark Cavendish of Britain, wearing the best sprinter's green jersey, Cadel Evans of Australia, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, and Pierre Roland of France, wearing the best young rider's white jersey, observes a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims of the attacks in Norway prior to the start of the 21st stage of the Tour de France over 95 kilometers (59 miles) starting in Creteil and finishing in Paris, France, on Sunday July 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani) #
Yellow jersey of overall leader, Australia's Cadel Evans (center), rides with second-placed, Luxembourg's Andy Schleck (right) and brother, Luxembourg's national road champion Frank Schleck, in the final stage of the 2011 Tour de France, on July 24, 2011. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images) #
The pack of riders cycles on the Champs Elysees in Paris during the final stage of the 98th Tour de France, on July 24, 2011. (Reuters/Pascal Rossignol) #
BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans of Australia, the leader's yellow jersey holder, rides as he drinks a glass of champagne during the last stage of the Tour de France, in Paris, on July 24, 2011. Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France after finishing with the peloton in the last stage. (Reuters/Stringer) #
HTC highroad rider Mark Cavendish of Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line in Paris winning the final stage of the 98th Tour de France in Paris, on July 24, 2011. Cavendish won five of this year's stages and became the first British winner of the points classification. (Reuters/Pascal Rossignol) #
BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans of Australia (center) celebrates on podium with the leader's yellow jersey after winning the 98th Tour de France ahead of Leopard riders Andy (left) and Frank Schleck of Luxembourg, in Paris, on July 24, 2011. (Reuters/Bernard Papon) #

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