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Evans frustrated

Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto)

Cadel Evans (Davitamon-Lotto) (Image credit: Jon Devich)

By John Trevorrow in Morzine

Cadel Evans was a little disappointed after yesterday's stage, as he wasn't quite able to get rid of his rivals on the Col de Joux-Plane. Cyclingnews chatted to him after the finish, along with several other TV crews. You went early on the last climb with Moreau? "I should have trusted my own judgment a bit more. People keep telling me what to do. I think I know what my own abilities are. I really had to go on the descent. I couldn't see the cars and I didn't know where the road went. I didn't want to lose it over the side of the road.

"Landis is absolutely incredible."

Landis got a long way up the road before anyone really reacted? "Well maybe you should talk to T-Mobile and CSC [for crying out loud get that TV cable away from my brake lever. I don't want to crash out on the way to my hotel]. Landis was incredibly strong on the climb. I was there and I thought I made an error trying to stay with him for too long cause it put me in the red and from then on - well it's what you really feel in the third week. He just rode everyone off the wheel, literally off the wheel and just went away.

"Phonak made a mistake early in the week giving that time back to Pereiro but the big teams made the mistake today. I haven't got a team to chase. I was really lucky that the team turned themselves inside out for me. Chris Horner did everything he could for me but I'm with one guy, T Mobile had their whole team there. I mean what can I do, it's out of my control?

"Normally when you have a team like T Mobile and CSC then you don't have worry what Landis does but what can I do. I don't run their teams, go and ask them.

Do you think you are still in reach for a podium? "I'm not sure of the time gaps but I will give it my best. I feel like I've ridden so well in the mountains and I'm still only fifth. But it's been an incredible tour and Landis, well what can you say – his legs did the talking today."

As we neared the hotel and burned off the TV crews his last words were. "Say hello to Geelong for me."

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