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Rain and fog made for some treacherous conditions. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Rain and fog made for some treacherous conditions. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de France, Stage 11: 'Real Tour Starts Tomorrow'

13. July 2011

Lavaur, France

Following a finish in a torrential downpour Wednesday, Cadel Evans and the BMC Racing Team are looking ahead to the first big day in the mountains of this year's Tour de France. "For us, the real Tour starts tomorrow," Evans said.

No Changes Overall

Evans finished 50th, but in the same time as sprint finish winner Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad), while Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) held onto the race lead. The challenge on Wednesday's 167.5-kilometer stage was staying upright and out of danger, BMC Racing Team's Michael Schär said. "It was really incredible. There were so much rain," he said. "I don't think I've ever done the last 10 or 15 kilometers with so much rain. You couldn't see anything. I was expecting a crash in every moment, but we were lucky."

Into The Mountains
Thursday's stage will feature three climbs, including the ascent of Luz-Ardiden at the finish. "It's 211 kilometers long and it's pretty hard," Evans said. "The first stage in the mountains of any Grand Tour is always a bit of something where someone has a bad day and someone has an extraordinarily good day. It is always some degree of an indicator. I just make my own race and see how the others go and hopefully I'll be competitive – or better."