Sunday, July 27, 2008 (AP) -- Carlos Sastre has won the Tour de France in one of the closest finishes in the 105-year-old race. He is the third Spaniard in a row to win cycling's premier event.
Sastre held his 65-second lead over Cadel Evans of Australia. The 21st and final stage was won by Gert Steegmans.
The 89-mile ride to the Champs-Elysees on Sunday was largely ceremonial because Sastre all but assured himself the victory a day earlier in the final time trial.
The 33-year-old Spanish rider is among the oldest men to win the Tour for a first time. It is his sixth top-10 finish in the race. As in the last two years, this year's Tour was plagued by doping. Three riders were ousted in drugs busts.
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