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Cadel Evans earned the BMC Racing Team the yellow jersey in its first Tour de France. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Cadel Evans earned the BMC Racing Team the yellow jersey in its first Tour de France. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Tour de France, Stage 8: Evans In Yellow

11. July 2010

Morzine-Avoriaz

World champion Cadel Evans earned the BMC Racing Team its first yellow jersey Sunday after recovering from an early-race crash on a mountainous day at the Tour de France.

Leads By 20 Seconds
Evans finished sixth on the 189-kilometer stage over five climbs, 10 seconds behind stage winner Andy Schleck (Team Saxo Bank), whom he leads overall by 20 seconds. Evans said a crash fewer than 10 km into the race made for a dramatic day. "I didn't have time to react," he said. "I went down pretty hard on my left side. Fortunately, my legs didn't take it. I took it all in my left arm, which is pretty sore. Fortunately, I made it to the finish."

Second Time In Yellow
Evans is the first reigning world champion to wear the maillot jaune since Tom Boonen (2006) and one of five Australians to lead the Tour de France, joining Phil Anderson (1981, 1982) and Stuart O'Grady (1998, 2001), Bradley McGee (2003) and Robbie McEwen (2004). In five previous Tour de France appearances, Evans has led the Tour one other time (2008) and finished second overall twice (2007, 2008).

Satisfying For Ochowicz
President Jim Ochowicz said earning the yellow jersey in the BMC Racing Team's first Tour appearance confirms the commitment the team made when it signed Evans. "All the riders and staff have done hard work for him all season and up to today and they'll continue to do so," Ochowicz said. "For me, this is a personal victory. Going back to my first yellow jersey with Alex Steida, then Steve Bauer, then Sean Yates, and now Cadel Evans. It's great to be in that circle of people."