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Tour de France rider galleries: Cadel Evans

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Cadel Evans (BMC) lost time on stage 11

Cadel Evans (BMC) lost time on stage 11
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Cadel Evans (BMC) had a tough day.

Cadel Evans (BMC) had a tough day.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) faces a near two-minute deficit to make up on Bradley Wiggins after the stage 9 time trial.

Cadel Evans (BMC) faces a near two-minute deficit to make up on Bradley Wiggins after the stage 9 time trial.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) on stage 11 of the Tour de France

Cadel Evans (BMC) on stage 11 of the Tour de France
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Cadel Evans (BMC) attacks with Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) in tow

Cadel Evans (BMC) attacks with Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale) in tow
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Cadel Evans (BMC) starts to fade after a late attack failed to net him the stage win

Cadel Evans (BMC) starts to fade after a late attack failed to net him the stage win
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Cadel Evans (BMC) leads the peloton in pursuit of Cancellara, Sagan and Boasson Hagen.

Cadel Evans (BMC) leads the peloton in pursuit of Cancellara, Sagan and Boasson Hagen.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) drives to the finish on the streets of Liege, Belgium.

Cadel Evans (BMC) drives to the finish on the streets of Liege, Belgium.
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Froome looks back to see Evans distanced as the line approaches

Froome looks back to see Evans distanced as the line approaches
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Cadel Evans (BMC) finishes with Bradley Wiggins on his wheel

Cadel Evans (BMC) finishes with Bradley Wiggins on his wheel
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Cadel Evans (BMC) gave it a go but could not match Froome

Cadel Evans (BMC) gave it a go but could not match Froome
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Cadel Evans (BMC) pushes to the line for second

Cadel Evans (BMC) pushes to the line for second
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Cadel Evans (BMC) leads the yellow jersey group to the line

Cadel Evans (BMC) leads the yellow jersey group to the line
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Cadel Evans surges into the final bend of stage 7 in the Tour de France

Cadel Evans surges into the final bend of stage 7 in the Tour de France
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Cadel Evans (BMC) during his pre-ride of the stage 9 time trial course.

Cadel Evans (BMC) during his pre-ride of the stage 9 time trial course.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) cannot follow the acceleration of Chris Froome (Sky)

Cadel Evans (BMC) cannot follow the acceleration of Chris Froome (Sky)
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Defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) still holds second overall, but now trails Bradley Wiggins by nearly two minutes.

Defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) still holds second overall, but now trails Bradley Wiggins by nearly two minutes.
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2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) lost 1:43 to Bradley Wiggins today.

2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) lost 1:43 to Bradley Wiggins today.
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Defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) finished sixth on the day.

Defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (BMC) finished sixth on the day.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) in action during the stage 9 time trial.

Cadel Evans (BMC) in action during the stage 9 time trial.
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The defending champion from 2011 arrived at the start in Liège more relaxed and happier than he’s appeared in the past. There’s pressure for him to win but it’s only because he places such demands on himself. He knows the BMC team is there to support him throughout the race and with a stronger line-up (on paper) it seems like he’s never been in a better position to win.

Evans didn’t enjoy the same winning success in his lead up to the Tour but he’s riding his eighth Tour and is fully aware of what’s required of his body to perform over this enduring race. Come the end of stage seven, Evans will have shown the level of his form and more importantly, how his competitors have dealt with the pressure of the opening week.

He won’t have the advantage of being the stronger time trialler this year as Sky’s Bradley Wiggins seems intent on bumping Cadel to the second spot when it comes to the time trial ability of the general classification contenders. Evans is however, a fighter and with the knowledge gained of what’s required to win a grand tour, he’s in a stronger position mentally to beat his British rival. Evans isn’t afraid to take the Tour into his own hands when necessary - something Wiggins will have to prove if the moment presents itself.

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