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Cadel Evans (left) was the first of the general classification riders to cross the finish line Thursday. (©Sirotti.)
Cadel Evans (left) was the first of the general classification riders to cross the finish line Thursday. (©Sirotti.)

Tour de France, Stage 6: Remaining Vigilant

4. July 2013

The BMC Racing Team did its part to look after Cadel Evans on a wind-swept stage of the Tour de France Thursday.

'Stay Out Of Trouble'
Manuel Quniziatio, the BMC Racing Team's designated road captain for the 176.5-kilometer race, called it a stressful day. "There was a lot of wind from the beginning and everybody wanted to stay in the front," he said. "Michael Schär, Marcus Burghardt and I took care of Cadel and together with Philippe Gilbert with Tejay van Garderen, we avoided the danger. All the other guys supported us in the first part of the race and did a really good job, too." Evans was the first of the general classification contenders to cross the line, finishing 17th in a time five seconds slower than stage winner André Greipel (Lotto Belisol). The time lost was not a concern, BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said, because the 16 riders ahead of Evans were all sprinters. "The mission today was to stay out of trouble," Lelangue said. "If there was an opportunity on one moment to make the race harder, we would have done it. But there wasn't with the wind. We also know that we have some important stages going on this weekend." Evans is 23rd overall – 31 seconds off the lead of new yellow jersey wearer Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEdge) – while teammates Gilbert, van Garderen and Amaël Moinard are 24th, 25th and 26th, respectively, all in the same time.

Listen to complete comments from Schär and Quinziato on the BMC Racing Team's Tour de France Audio Line.