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Evans uncomfortable, but happy with final climb to Ajaccio

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June 30, 2013, 23:53,
July 1, 2013, 16:48
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, July 1, 2013
Tour de France
Nicholas Roche and Cadel Evans climb

Nicholas Roche and Cadel Evans climb

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Another test on Corsica looms

2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) was pleased to have survived the hectic final climb on Sunday's second stage, placed just one second off the overall lead of winner Jan Bakelants (RadioShack Leopard).

The Côte du Salario, just 12km from the finish of Stage 2 provided a punchy final test for the peloton, with around half the peloton left fighting it out. While race-favourite Chris Froome (Sky) chased down the two men out front, Juan Antonio Flecha (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Cyril Gautier (Europcar), it was Evans leading the charge over the climb for the bunch.

"It was a little bit uncomfortable at race speed to be honest, but that's normal," Evans said of the effort. "But I had a bigger break from racing than any of my competitors. So that's kind of normal."

Evans did not race between completing the Giro d'Italia, where his surprise start resulted in him finishing third overall, and the Tour's grand depart on Corsica.

The 36-year-old finished in 22nd place across the line on Sunday in the bunch which trailed just one second in arrears of Bakelandts. Evans' teammates caught up in Stage 1's carnage, Philippe Gilbert and Tejay van Garderen, also finished in the lead group of riders, along with Amaël Moinard.

"For the most part we're racing good and trying to get that experience… I've got enough experience now to do the job," Evans continued. "The guys are doing really well, staying out of trouble, all healthy – that's important at this point in the race. I think tomorrow and the day after we'll see the real Tour start."

Monday's third stage should prove selective with BMC directeur sportif John Lelangue determined to get his team though the day with its 145.5km parcours, along with the following day in Nice, tipped to provide an early settling of the GC.

"For the moment, everything is going well," he said. "We know we have still one difficult day in Corsica and then we are entering the team time trial in Nice."

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marginalgain More than 1 year ago
I think the Teams time trial will give us all a nice glimpse into the GC. With SKY having two key riders hurt in the fall of Stage 1 they may have to rely more on Porte and Froome for the TT. That means they may use more energy then normal. And I think it may make the TTT closer and then less significant on the overall. I was also interested to see Froome's acceleration today. He claimed it was so he could stay out of trouble. I would of thought Porte setting the tempo over the climb would have meant that they were first two on the decent. Is their some nerves after yesterday. Cadel and BMC seem to be playing a straight bat and SKY seem somewhat nervous? I guess that what being the favourite of the TDF can do to you. Only my opinion here not bagging anyone just interesting to see that the heavy favourite seems a little bit nervous.
Pedal Pusher More than 1 year ago
Agree - Sky look nervous, even Froome. There was no need for Froome to attack on the ascent, especially when you have 2 team-mates injured who came in second last on this stage - these guys are needed for the TTT and need to recover as much as possible before stage 4. Sky sure miss Rogers as a leader and Froome has little tactical nous. He may be the favourite but having a strong team captain and using smart tactics are essential for victory, as is having experienced TDF riders - Sky picked 2 first time TDF riders in their team - interesting.
Sean Hanna More than 1 year ago
Don't read too much into it. Chris likes to give a little kick when he feels good. He does it to his own team leader, I don't think you can be too down on him for doing the same his rivals. If a 20 second kick over the top of a mountain to stay out of trouble wastes too much energy, he's got bigger problems to think about. AND... If he sits riding tempo its boring, boring Sky. If he goes for the Strava segment (humour) he's an idiot. Damned if they do.......
Lucifa More than 1 year ago
Did Chris tell you this? Because he didn't tell me this on the call.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
I prefer to see this an indication, that Chris Froome needs a time-advantage everytime he goes onto a descent. If that is the case it is a sign of him being nervous
PJK1972 More than 1 year ago
Stannard and Thomas will be ok for the TTT mark my words. Thomas is used to crashing :)
Rodger Caldwell More than 1 year ago
Dave Brailsford was a bit biscuit arsed when asked about Froome's little acceleration!
ellenbrook2001 More than 1 year ago
FROOM such an idiot why go along he show a strong hes it what are they giving too him a hate the way SKY ride 21 days in front then clean what a laugh.
Robert Harper More than 1 year ago
be quiet you clown!
Alpe73 More than 1 year ago
EB's comment has much more merit than yours (and mine), Robert.
really? More than 1 year ago
Really Robert? What upset you about Ellenbook's message?
pacy20 More than 1 year ago
Just curious , ellenbrook. What nationality are you? I'm French and when my relatives send me text in English it looks similar to your writings. So I'm good with it.
Lucifa More than 1 year ago
Chris says he wouldn't hire you to sweep the bus!
fruit bars with eyes More than 1 year ago
i wouldn't hire him to drive the Orica green Edge bus
bontana More than 1 year ago
The major worry that guys like Froome have is de-training in the early tour stages. Wiggins spoke about this the year he won. It will be a Tim Kerrison bit of advice to try and avoid losing any top end performance which he will need in a few days when the big hills kick in. This was his approach with swimmers to try and avoid the peaks and troughs of form, hence the reason Froome winning from early on this yr. Exactly the same as the year Wiggins won.
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
So many riders so close on GC. A good TTT could put Sky in yellow. I wonder if they want it this early.