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Tour gallery: Cadel Evans

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World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) had a good day.

World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) had a good day.
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World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC)

World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) shows off his rainbow jersey at the presentation

Cadel Evans (BMC) shows off his rainbow jersey at the presentation
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Cadel Evans (BMC) gives it everything

Cadel Evans (BMC) gives it everything
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Cadel Evans (BMC) rolls away

Cadel Evans (BMC) rolls away
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Cadel Evans (BMC)

Cadel Evans (BMC)
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A triumphant Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) bests Geraint Thomas (Sky) and world champion Cadel Evans (BMC) for the stage win.

A triumphant Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Test Team) bests Geraint Thomas (Sky) and world champion Cadel Evans (BMC) for the stage win.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) made the elite selection on the cobbles.

Cadel Evans (BMC) made the elite selection on the cobbles.
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The front group, with Cadel Evans (BMC) and Geraint Thomas (Sky)

The front group, with Cadel Evans (BMC) and Geraint Thomas (Sky)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) enjoyed the day in the sun

Cadel Evans (BMC) enjoyed the day in the sun
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An emotional Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) on the podium

An emotional Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) on the podium
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World champ Cadel Evans (BMC)

World champ Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) is in yellow after stage 8

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) is in yellow after stage 8
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Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) dons the maillot jaune

Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) dons the maillot jaune
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Yellow jersey holder Cadel Evans (BMC)

Yellow jersey holder Cadel Evans (BMC)
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It was an emotional day for Cadel Evans as he surrendered the yellow jersey.

It was an emotional day for Cadel Evans as he surrendered the yellow jersey.
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BMC teammates Mauro Santambrogio and Cadel Evans after finishing stage 9.

BMC teammates Mauro Santambrogio and Cadel Evans after finishing stage 9.
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A dejected Cadel Evans (BMC) arrives at the finish.

A dejected Cadel Evans (BMC) arrives at the finish.
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Maillot jaune Cadel Evans surrounded by BMC teammates.

Maillot jaune Cadel Evans surrounded by BMC teammates.
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Race leader Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) has signed in at the start of stage 9.

Race leader Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) has signed in at the start of stage 9.
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Race leader Cadel Evans (BMC) cracked on the Col de la Madeleine.

Race leader Cadel Evans (BMC) cracked on the Col de la Madeleine.
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World champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) continues his Tour de France despite a fractured elbow.

World champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) continues his Tour de France despite a fractured elbow.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) had an easy day today

Cadel Evans (BMC) had an easy day today
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Current road world champion Cadel Evans (BMC) gets his own customized pair of Diadoras.

Current road world champion Cadel Evans (BMC) gets his own customized pair of Diadoras.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) leads Giro champion Ivan Basso (Liquigas) on stage 12's final climb.

Cadel Evans (BMC) leads Giro champion Ivan Basso (Liquigas) on stage 12's final climb.
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Cadel Evans (BMC) still suffering from injury

Cadel Evans (BMC) still suffering from injury
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Cadel Evans (BMC) battles through another stage

Cadel Evans (BMC) battles through another stage
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Cadel Evans (BMC) finished 12 minutes behind Schleck and Contador.

Cadel Evans (BMC) finished 12 minutes behind Schleck and Contador.
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World champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)

World champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team)
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Cadel Evans (BMC) struggled, losing big time on stage 16

Cadel Evans (BMC) struggled, losing big time on stage 16
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Cadel Evans (BMC) nears the finish

Cadel Evans (BMC) nears the finish
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World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) has ridden an heroic Tour thus far

World Champion Cadel Evans (BMC) has ridden an heroic Tour thus far
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Cadel Evans (BMC) on stage 15

Cadel Evans (BMC) on stage 15
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He’s been close to winning a Grand Tour on many occasions, so will having the rainbow stripes of world road champion on his back give Cadel Evans that added motivation at this year’s Tour de France? Evans was unable to topple Ivan Basso at May’s Giro d’Italia, yet still had a solid ride and made no secret of the fact the Tour was still his main aim.

Nearly all of the attention was on Alberto Contador, Lance Armstrong and perhaps to a slightly lesser degree the Schleck brothers – Frank and Andy – heading into this year’s race. That works perfectly for Australia’s Evans who isn’t known for enjoying the pressure that comes with favourite status.

With Frank out of the race and a nice buffer over his general classification rivals following stage three, can Evans finally grab a Grand Tour win? Time will tell.