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Sunday's stage was the first of four days in the Pyrenees. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Sunday's stage was the first of four days in the Pyrenees. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Tour de France, Stage 14: Tough Day

18. July 2010

Ax 3 Domaines, France

The first day in the Pyrenees at the Tour de France was not exactly a kind one to Cadel Evans. The BMC Racing Team world champion finished 37th Sunday and slipped one spot on the overall to 19th.

Hope To Improve
"I saw on the Port de Paileres I wasn't going well," Evans said. "I don't know what the matter was, but I was feeling badly. I made what I could of it and rode my own rhythm to the finish." Christophe Riblon (Ag2R La Mondiale) soled to the win. Monday's 187-kilometer race will hopefully go better, Evans said. "The Port de Bales is pretty hard climb," he said. "Having a downhill finish is actually a little bit dangerous, to be honest. Whoever was best today is probably going to be best tomorrow. I just hope I keep improving. But obviously, I was a long ways off here."