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The peloton was content to let a breakaway take the stage Friday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
The peloton was content to let a breakaway take the stage Friday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de France, Stage 13: Some Recovery

15. July 2011

Lourdes, France

Cadel Evans and the BMC Racing Team turn their attention toward another hard day in the mountains Saturday after the stage hunters grabbed the spotlight and the overall contenders sought some recovery Friday at the Tour de France.

Not Much Nervousness

Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo) soloed out of the remnants of a shattered breakaway to win the 152.5-kilometer stage while Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) retained the overall lead. Evans finished 25th and kept his third place overall. "I think everyone finally raced without too much nervousness today," Evans said. "There was still the race for points and the stage win but it was more their thing today, than for us GC (general classification) guys. I think everyone is pretty tired from yesterday and tomorrow is a big day as well."

A Key Stage
Saturday's stage features seven categorized climbs over 168.5 km, including the mountain-top finish at Plateau de Beille. "It's a long climb," Evans said of the 16 km ascent that has hosted four finishes – all stages won by future Tour de France winners. "It's not as long of a day, but it is a hard day. It's going to be a pretty important day for sure. One of the key important days, as well as a couple of others in the Alps."