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Sitting third overall, Cadel Evans has been the focus of attention. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Sitting third overall, Cadel Evans has been the focus of attention. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Tour de France, Stage 5: Great Honor For Evans

8. July 2010

Montargis, France

Former Tour de France Deputy Director Albert Bouvet paid a visit to the BMC Racing Team before Thursday's stage, expressing his gratitude to the team and particularly world road champion Cadel Evans.

A Valuable Champion
Bouvet, a former French champion on the track, said he has enjoyed watching Evans race aggressively this year. "Thank you for honoring the rainbow jersey," Bouvet told the Australian. "You are the most valuable world champion the sport has had in the last 15 years."

Looking Ahead
Evans said he thinks overall leader Fabian Cancellara will keep the lead until the race hits the Alps this weekend. "I feel tomorrow won't be too much stress," Evans said. "I think Morzine (on Sunday) will be a bit of a shakeup."

Hot Day
BMC Racing Team's Steve Morabito said heat made Thursday's flat 187-kilometer stage difficult. "Everybody expected a rest day but in weather like this we were going to the cars every 20 km to get water," Morabito said. Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) won in a bunch sprint.