Alberto Contador won his second Tour de France victory after the 21st and final stage, traditionally non-competitive as far as the overall placings are concerned.
The stage was won by Manxman Mark Cavendish, his sixth stage victory of the 2009 Tour and his tenth career win. He also became the first Briton to win on the Champs Elysees.
Spaniard Contador held off Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck with American Lance Armstrong edging out Bradley Wiggins.
Wiggins equalled the best Tour finish by a Briton with his fourth place, matching Robert Millar back in 1984.