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The BMC Racing Team attracted a large crowd as it began its first Tour de France. (Georges Lüchinger photo)
The BMC Racing Team attracted a large crowd as it began its first Tour de France. (Georges Lüchinger photo)

Cautious Tour de France Start For Evans

3. July 2010

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Brent Bookwalter finished 11th and Cadel Evans rode conservatively on damp roads to finish 23rd as the BMC Racing Team got its first Tour de France underway Saturday in Rotterdam.

Evans 39 Seconds Behind Winner
Evans said he felt "OK" in his first race in five weeks. "All the corners where you wanted it to be dry, it was wet," the world road champion said. "So I took it pretty conservatively. That might have cost me a couple seconds. Nine or 10 seconds behind the GC guys isn't where I really wanted to be but it's still the early days."

Frank Breaks Finger
In his first Tour, Bookwalter was 35 seconds behind prologue winner Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank). "I felt OK but also a little stale," Bookwalter said. "I definitely haven't been doing a lot of specific training for a 10-minute effort." Mathias Frank crashed in a curve and broke his right thumb and badly cut his lip, which required stitches. More details on his ability to start Stage 1 will be released later.