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Cadel Evans (right) was climbing among the leaders on Sunday's stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Cadel Evans (right) was climbing among the leaders on Sunday's stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour de France, Stage 2: Evans Into 10th

30. June 2013

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans moved into 10th overall Sunday at the Tour de France as Jan Bakelants (RadioShack Leopard) took the stage win and the race lead by finishing one second ahead of the charging peloton.

Team Strength A Good Sign
Evans was among the first few riders to crest the final climb, which came 12 kilometers from the end of the 156-km race. "It was a little bit uncomfortable at race speed, but that's normal," Evans said. "But I had a bigger break from racing than any of my competitors. So that's kind of normal." Evans finished 22nd while the BMC Racing Team's two riders who crashed Saturday – world road champion Philippe Gilbert and Tejay van Garderen – showed no ill effects, placing 18th and 27th, respectively. Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the strength of the BMC Racing Team was evident on the day's major climb, the Category Col de Vizzavona. "We had only one guy dropped on the climb, but all the rest were around Cadel, so that's a good sign for the next three weeks," he said. "For the moment, everything is going well. We know we have still one difficult day in Corsica and then we are entering the team time trial in Nice."

Listen to complete comments from Evans and Lelangue on the BMC Racing Team's special Tour de France Audio Line.