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Cadel Evans (second from right) marked moves in the final climb to the finish. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Cadel Evans (second from right) marked moves in the final climb to the finish. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de France, Stage 8: Another Test

9. July 2011

Super-Besse Sancy, France

The BMC Racing Team successfully passed another test Saturday at the Tour de France, powering the pursuit of a breakaway and delivering Cadel Evans to the foot of the final climb – which he rode to a third-place finish to keep his second place overall.

'Guys Have Been Great'

As Rui Costa (Movistar) was surviving out of the breakaway to take the stage win, Evans comfortably monitored a flurry of action in the final kilometer. Philippe Gilbert attacked and got a gap. Then Albertor Contador put in a dig. Damiano Cunego attacked and Evans successfully work his way out of being momentarily boxed in. Gilbert held on for second, 12 seconds behind Costa, while Evans led the chase of the reduced peloton home in third, 15 seconds later. "We didn't lose any time to the main contenders and that is what is really important at this point," Evans said. "So far, the guys have been great."

On The Front
The BMC Racing Team did the majority of the chasing after a nine-man breakaway went away in the first 10 kilometers of the 189 km race and gained a six-minute lead. "We had five in the front, which was really good numbers, with a couple climbs to go," Evans said. "When it's going between raining and then dry, the risks are amplified. You take everything a little bit conservatively." Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo) finished in Evans's group to hold onto the overall lead. Sunday's stage includes seven categorized climbs in 208 kilometers across the Massif Central.