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Cadel Evans shows off his yellow jersey before the start of Stage 9. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)
Cadel Evans shows off his yellow jersey before the start of Stage 9. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)

Tour de France, Stage 9: Evans Raced With Broken Elbow

13. July 2010

Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France

A fracture in his left elbow kept Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team from defending his lead Tuesday on a challenging mountain stage at the Tour de France.

Final Climb Too Difficult
The world champion lost contact on the slopes of the Col de la Madeleine and saw the yellow jersey slip from his shoulders after only one day in the lead. After Evans arrived at the finish in 42nd place, 8:09 behind stage winner Sandy Casar (Francaise Des Jeux), BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz revealed Evans had broken his elbow in a crash in the opening kilometers of Sunday's stage.

Teammates Didn't Know
"We decided not to tell anybody about it and try and fake it through the race," Ochowicz said. "We didn't want to let our competitors know and have them attacking him during the race on the early climbs. We weren't sure what the outcome was going to be. He doesn't have full mobility in his elbow, so he had difficulty staying with the group. At the end, the injury just overwhelmed him."

Suffering, But With Pleasure
Evans said he did his best on the 204-kilometer stage, given the circumstances. "I wasn't at the same level as I was on Stage 8," he said. "I had a big crash at the start of that day and I'm really paying for the consequences from that. I suffer on my bike every day but I do it with pleasure. The guys and the team have supported me and believed in me in this whole project. I'm so sorry to have let them all down."

Evans Will Continue
BMC Racing Team's Dr. Max Testa said X-rays taken Sunday at a clinic in Morzine revealed the fracture. Evans will continue in the race unless there is a risk of permanent damage, Testa said. "It's a stable fracture – small – but very painful," he said. "Cadel is a super tough guy so he managed very well. He did as much as any human could do."