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The BMC Racing Team kept Cadel Evans well-positioned on the climbs. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
The BMC Racing Team kept Cadel Evans well-positioned on the climbs. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de France, Stage 14: Under Control

16. juli 2011

Plateaur de Beille, France

Cadel Evans said he did his best to keep his closest competition in check Saturday as the BMC Racing Team's leader maintained his third place overall on one of the most mountainous days of this year's Tour de France.

Evenly Matched

Evans conceded 27 seconds to Samuel Sanchez (sixth overall at 3:44), who was runner-up on the stage, and two seconds to Andy Schleck (fourth overall at 2:15). "I tried to keep things under control," Evans said. "It was a long, but not a steep climb. It's at this point in the race that the GC contenders are pretty evenly matched. So it's really hard to make a big difference. Like so many cycling experts have said, we wasted a lot of energy as a team to put ourselves into a good position coming into the mountains. It's a little bit of conservative racing, but these stages are hard."

Consistency Is Key
With seven stages remaining, Evans is 2:06 behind race leader Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) and sandwiched between brothers Frank Schleck (17 seconds ahead of him) and Andy Schleck (nine seconds behind him) in the overall standings. Asked what it will take to improve on two runner-up finishes at the Tour, Evans said: "It's consistency and being there every day. That's how I approach it." Jelle Vanendert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) soloed to win the 168.5-kilometer race.