Controversial Spaniard Alejandro Valverde on Sunday won his second successive Dauphine Libere after the eighth and final stage was won here by Dutchman Stef Clement.
Valverde faces a worldwide two-year ban if cycling's world ruling body the UCI acts upon evidence yet to be delivered by the Italian sporting authorities about his alleged involvement in the Operation Puerto doping affair.
"I don't show what I feel outwardly. But yes, everything that's happened makes me angry," said Valverde.
"It's unjust, but I'm convinced that sooner or later things will be resolved in my favour. What really helps is the backing of my family, my team, my support.
"Physically, I feel good. Mentally, I sometimes have difficult moments, but then I get over the discouragements.
"My victory last month in the Tour of Catalonia gave me an even bigger motivation to win the Dauphine."
Despite not having won a stage in the race, as he did en route to victory in the 2008 Dauphine, Caisse d'Epargne rider Valverde dominated proceedings after taking the lead from Evans on Thursday.
The 29-year-old benefited from Contador's efforts to neutralise Evans in the mountains in a bid to demonstrate his dominance over the Australian prior to the start of this year's Tour de France on July 4.
At the summit of the last climb during Sunday's 146km final stage, Valverde rested his hand on Contador's shoulder as if to thank him for his support, after Evans had made several vain attempts to accelerate away during the ascent.
German time-trial world champion Bert Grabsch enjoyed a long spell as leader before being reeled in 37km from the finish.
Joly sought to sprint free from his two fellow front-runners with 1500 metres to go, only for the 26-year-old Clement to prevail in the dash to the line.
"I knew that I was going to win," said Clement.
"Even when Joly attacked, I kept confident. He'd made a huge effort to come back and I was certain to beat him. I've waited for so long to win a race in a sprint!"
Source: AFP Global Edition