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Cadel Evans remains one second out of the overall lead. (©Sirotti, www.sirotti.it.)
Cadel Evans remains one second out of the overall lead. (©Sirotti, www.sirotti.it.)

Tour de France, Stage 3: Evans Stays Safe

4. July 2011

Redon, France

The BMC Racing Team successfully protected Cadel Evans and his place on the overall classification Monday during a Tour de France stage that was not without a few tense moments.

'Nervous, Dangerous Stage'

"It was a nervous, dangerous stage with a fair bit of wind in the final," Evans said. "It seems they use more and more narrow roads in the Tour. It's great for excitement but puts the risk rating up a bit high. Fortunately, George (Hincapie) and Marcus (Burghardt) kept me in front most of the time." Hincapie and teammate Manuel Quinziato were caught up in a crash inside the final 25 kilometers of the 198 km race. "But it was nothing bad," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. "(Amaël Moinard and (Ivan) Santaromita did a nice job to bring those guys back so they could protect Cadel in the final."

Uphill Finish Tuesday
Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervélo) won the sprint finish as the overall standings remain unchanged. Evans sits third overall, one second behind Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervélo). "Aside from George and Manuel going down, the day went as planned," Brent Bookwalter said. "It was relatively nice the first two hours, then got itchy for the intermediate sprint and possible cross winds. I think we did well to take care of Cadel – switching on and off amongst each other throughout the race, while always trying to stay as grouped as possible." Evans said positioning and staying out of trouble will be important on Tuesday's stage. It finishes with a two-kilometer ascent of the Mûr de Bretange. "Getting into a good position in the final is always the best way to make time, which is a similar sort of tactic we used on the first stage," Evans said.