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Cadel Evans prepares for the final time trial of the race. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)
Cadel Evans prepares for the final time trial of the race. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)

Tour de France, Stage 19: Fight To The End

24. July 2010

Pauillac, France

Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team finished the final time trial of the Tour de France Saturday with a smile on his face, but weary from the pain of riding with a fractured left elbow the past 11 stages.

'Sapped of Strength'
Evans was 10:57 behind stage winner Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) on the 52-kilometer course. The world road champion said he battled severe fatigue. "Your body has to put so much work into recovering bones and injury, it doesn't have the energy to specifically recover from the work every day," Evans said. "I'm feeling a bit sapped of strength, that's for sure. I had a good group of people around me. An optimistic attitude I think is the biggest change in the environment that I'm in now. That goes a long way especially when things aren't going well."

Lelangue Pleased
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said watching Evans's persevere made this his most satisfying Tour. "What he has done today and since his crash is really wonderful," Lelangue said. "To be with the world champion jersey and as one of the leaders of the Tour and fighting just to reach Paris, for me that's wonderful."