Spain's Carlos Sastre on Sunday won the Tour de France cycling event, the seventh Spaniard to win the competition, EFE news agency reported.
This is the third consecutive year that a Spaniard has won the event.
In the 1950s, three Frenchmen, Louison Bobet, Roger Walkowiak and Jacques Anquetil, won the annual event for three consecutive years.
Crowds jammed the Champs-Elysees to welcome the new champion.
Sastre maintained a close lead over Cadel Evans of Australia, finishing seven seconds behind his rival for a 58-second overall victory.
Bernhard Kohl of Austria won the third place.
"It was a lifelong dream. I feel happy to share this moment in the company of my family. My kids are happy," the champion said.