Floyd Landis was last night confirmed as the 2006 Tour de France champion after the traditional final-stage finish on the Champs Elysees here.
The 30-year-old American won in an overall time of 89 hours, 39 minutes and 30 seconds - 59 seconds ahead of closest challenger Oscar Pereiro - to make it an eighth successive win for his country after the now-retired Lance Armstrong dominated the Tour for the previous seven years.
Landis, who will have a hip replacement operation in the coming days, finished 59th in the Paris stage but completed a remarkable recovery after seemingly dropping out of contention in stage 16 to La Toussuire.
The American looked exhausted as he was outpaced in the Alps only to revive his fortunes with an epic stage triumph the following day, and he reclaimed the race leader's yellow jersey on Saturday with a fine time-trial display.
There was never any real-istic chance of him losing the jersey yesterday in the traditional processional ride to the Champs Elysees. It is the 11th win by an American in the 93 runnings of the Tour, with Greg LeMond having won in 1985, 1986 and 1990.
Landis said: "Thank you everybody, most of all my team who believed in me all the way. When things weren't going so well they kept on fighting."
Phonak manager John Lelangue said: "The biggest memory of this year's Tour was the night after Floyd lost his yellow jersey at La Toussuire.
"It was a very sombre moment but we rallied together and concluded that the race was not yet over and we had some fight left in us. We refused to give in without a fight."
Germany's Andreas Kloden trailed Spain's Pereiro to claim third place for T-Mobile, who also took the team title to bring a positive end to three weeks of upheaval for them after the sackings of pre-race favourite and 1997 Tour winner Jan Ullrich, team-mate Oscar Sevilla and director Rudy Pevenage.
Carlos Sastre, of Team CSC, and Davitamon's Cadel Evans completed the top five.
Evans' team-mate and fellow Australian Robbie McEwen took the green jersey as the Tour's top sprinter for the third time in five years.
Mickael Rasmussen added three points on the day's first climb to round off his King of the Mountains victory and earn the polka dot jersey.
Lampre's Damiano Cunego took the honours in the youth category, the 24-year-old Italian holding off Gerolsteiner's long-time leader Marcus Fothen to take the white jersey.
New Tour director Christian Prudhomme summed up this year's Tour when he said: "It was a real awakening in Strasbourg [with the doping scandal].
"The cycling world didn't know what to do at the start of the Tour.
"But there has been something interesting in this Tour happening every day.
"The Tour has generated its heroes and champions again - and that's great."
Thor Hushovd provided a neat symmetry to the event by edging out McEwen in a sprint finish into the Champs Elysees to win the final stage, having also won the prologue on July 1.
This year's race also marked the farewell of Tour veteran Vyatcheslav Ekimov, who announced his retirement after 15 appearances.