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The first seven days of the Tour de France have been favorable for the BMC Racing Team. (©BMC/Tim de Waele)
The first seven days of the Tour de France have been favorable for the BMC Racing Team. (©BMC/Tim de Waele)

Tour de France, Stage 7: A Normal Day

8. July 2011

Châteauroux, France

The BMC Racing Team and Cadel Evans are looking ahead to the first medium mountain stage of this year's Tour de France after Friday's furiously fast finish to a flat, 218-kilometer race.

Staying At The Front

Evans finished 22nd, shepherded to the line by teammate Michael Schär, as Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) won his second stage of this year's Tour in a bunch sprint. Evans remains in second place overall, one second behind Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo). BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue called it "a normal day" in the Tour's first week. "We know chaos can happen," Lelangue said. "The wind was there so we we told the guys in the morning briefing to be really cautious. Crashes are part of the Tour de France, unfortunately, and we have to be ready for them. Therefore, we are making the race at the front."

Uphill Finish Saturday
Lelangue said Saturday's 189 km stage that includes the Category 2 Col de Croix Saint-Robert and the finishing ascent to the Super-Besse ski resort could shake up the standings. "I think tomorrow and Sunday are two difficult finishes," Lelangue said. "The real story will come once we hit the Pyrenees. But our team is really doing well. The guys are doing a great job to always be at the front."