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Cadel Evans moved within 57 seconds of the overall lead on Friday's stage. (©Sirotti,
Cadel Evans moved within 57 seconds of the overall lead on Friday's stage. (©Sirotti,

Tour de France, Stage 19: Evans Into Third

22. July 2011

Alpe d'Huez, France

Cadel Evans chased, attacked and ultimately answered the challenges from his closest rivals on the final day in the Alps to climb into third place overall for the BMC Racing Team Friday at the Tour de France.

Grenoble Time Trial

After finishing fifth on the 109.5-kilometer race to Alpe d'Huez, Evans is 57 seconds behind new race leader Andy Schleck and four seconds behind Frank Schleck (both of Leopard Trek). Evans said his strategy for Saturday's 42.5-kilometer time trial on the race's penultimate day will be simple: "Start as fast as possible, finish as fast as possible and hope it's fast enough," he said. "Of course, I'd much rather be in yellow with five minutes (lead) going into the time trial."

Good Help From The Team
Evans spent nearly 80 kilometers chasing back after initially following an attack by Alberto Contador less than 15 kilometers into the race. "I was sitting well when he attacked, but feeling pretty average," Evans said. "I think there was something wrong with my rear wheel and it was slowing me down a bit. For that reason, I changed bikes. When they're going pretty fast and you have to stop three times, the chances of getting back by yourself are pretty limited. But the team eventually came back and rode just fantastic all the way to the steepest slopes of the Galibier." Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) soloed to win the stage.