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Cadel Evans called Thursday's stage the wettest in his seven Tours de France. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Cadel Evans called Thursday's stage the wettest in his seven Tours de France. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de France, Stage 6: Staying Safe

7. July 2011

Lisieux, France

Cadel Evans conceded the King of the Mountains jersey Thursday at the Tour de France. But the BMC Racing Team's leader said staying safe was his top priority on a rainy stage that was the longest of the three-week race.

Wettest Day

"Already it was a long day (226.5 kilometers), with the wind and the rain," Evans said. "This is my seventh Tour and it's the most wet weather I have had in one day. And to have it happen on the longest day made it even harder." The last rider in a five-man breakaway that had a lead of as many as 11 minutes was caught three kilometers from the finish. That led to a bunch sprint won by Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Pro Cycling). Evans finished 12th to remain second overall, one second behind Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo).

Team Working Well
Evans said the BMC Racing Team has been doing a good job of keeping him positioned near the front and out of danger. "Also, on some of the hard finishes and longer stages like this one, you see some of the teams get caught out," he said. "You never know what can happen on a finish like today. But certainly the classification is really looking good at the moment. Everyone on the team is healthy and really riding well. We can look forward to the mountains, but still have a few more days to get through safely before we get there."