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In the two previous Tours, Schleck finished second to Spain’s Albert Contador; same as Evans in 2007.

He did so with a steady performance throughout and a dominating run on Saturday.

Andy Schleck, still only 26 years old, finished as the runner-up for the third-consecutive year, which reinforced his reputation as an elite climber who struggles elsewhere.

He had worked for nearly three weeks to secure that jersey late Friday evening, but it became clear early, as Evans cut into Schleck’s lead, chewing up the deficit in large chunks and then some, that Schleck would not hold onto it much longer.

Instead, as Evans shot like a rocket into the finish, he was all but assured to become the first Australian to win the Tour de France.

Then there was his comfort level, both as a former mountain bike champion accustomed to racing hard for an entire stage and his knowledge of the course for Saturday’s stage, which he rode to a six-place finish in a competition last month.

Last year, Schleck trailed Contador by eight seconds entering the final time trail.

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He lost ground to Contador, but not nearly as much as in 2009.

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