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Cadel Evans was 26th at the first checkpoint, but steadily picked up his pace. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Cadel Evans was 26th at the first checkpoint, but steadily picked up his pace. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour de France, Stage 11: Evans Moves Up

10. July 2013

Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team climbed up two spots to 14th in the overall standings following Wednesday's individual time trial at the Tour de France.

'Hope To Improve Myself'
Evans finished 21st in the 33-kilometer race, 2:30 off the winning time of world time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and 2:18 behind Chris Froome (Sky Procycling), who increased his overall lead to 3:25 with 10 stages to go. "My time wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything particularly special," Evans said. "Looking toward Paris and the end of the race, it would have been ideal to take back more time on some of the rivals ahead of me, but I didn't have it in the legs today to do better. From here, I hope to improve myself for the next set of mountains and the next time trial and keep moving ahead on the GC (general classification)." Evans said he will try to rest up and stay safe on the next two flat stages. "There's always things that can go wrong, which, of course, we always want to avoid," he said. "Hopefully, we can recover and rest up a bit because Saturday, the Lyon stage is not going to be easy and, on Sunday, Mount Ventoux is going to be the next really big shake up of the GC contenders."

'Many More Mountains Ahead'
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz remained optimistic that Evans – who is less than 90 seconds out of the top 10 – can continue his move up the standings. "With this race, anything is possible," Ochowicz said. "This is like the halfway point. We're getting into the second phase. There are so many more mountains ahead in the last week of this race that maybe people haven't taken into consideration yet in their mathematical equations. We think that the race is far from over. Certainly for us, it's a lot more difficult to think about winning in Paris. But I wouldn't say Froome is the definite winner yet." Other notables in the time trial for the BMC Racing Team were world road champion Philippe Gilbert, who had the 10th-fastest time through the first checkpoint on the way to 38th on the day, and Steve Morabito, whose 40th-place performance has him in 30th overall. "I'm confident of my shape for the next days," Morabito said. "I am looking forward to helping the team and helping Cadel for the GC or to make a stage victory."

Listen to complete comments from Evans, Morabito and Ochowicz on the BMC Racing Team Tour de France Audio Line.