[Reuters] - Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France after Britain's Mark Cavendish took Sunday's final stage on the Champs Elysees for the third year in a row.

The 34-year-old Evans, the oldest Tour winner since World War II, showed resilience throughout as he broke three-times champion Alberto Contador's unbeaten run in a grand tour since 2007.

Luxembourg's Andy Schleck was second overall for the third year in succession, 1:34 behind Evans, who claimed his maiden grand tour title.

From Thomas Voeckler's dogged pursuit of the yellow jersey, to Johnny Hoogerland's dramatic crash, below are the best images from this year's tour.