Photographs by Tim De Waele/Oakley
“It’s a dream come true,” says Sastre, who has had five top-10 finishes in the last six years and four victories in mountain stages. “I have been waiting so long for this. I thought I would one day win the Tour, but I had to fight for it, get experience, and finally I have done it.”
Oakley’s Cadel Evans (below congratulating Sastre) was runner-up for the second consecutive year, finishing 58 seconds behind Sastre. Other Oakley athletes included Frank Schleck, who wore the yellow jersey at the start of Stage 17, and Andy Schleck (bottom left), who was the top young rider and showed such power in the mountains that he will be a favorite to win the Tour in future years.