Evans improving

A strong ride by Cadel Evans moved him back into seventh overall, 9'49 behind leader Lance Armstrong and 1'37 behind sixth placed Levi Leipheimer. Evans was able to hold onto Armstrong, Basso, and Ullrich when they attacked on the last climb, eventually finishing 37 seconds up on the next group of GC contenders. Cyclingnews' John Trevorrow spoke to Evans on the finish line, and the Australian was happy with his performance, which made up for yesterday's 20 second time loss near the finish.

"All that work and only one place," said a smiling Evans. "I'm sure there was a little aggression in my legs. Any opportunity I can, I take. You can't afford not to. Finally I ran into the level of the Tour. Bit late, but better late than never."

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