Cadel Evans conceded his second place overall at the Tour de France Sunday, but BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said there are no concerns that the time lost cannot be made up in the last two weeks of the race.
Evans Now Third Overall
Evans finished in a small group 3:59 behind stage winner Luis-Leon Sanchez (Rabobank), who was part of a three-man breakaway that survived to the finish of the 208-kilometer race. Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) was second on the stage and took the overall lead with a 2:26 advantage over Evans, slipped to third. "It was a good ride for Cadel today," Lelangue said. "The guys kept him out of trouble and Voeckler had a good performance." Monday marks the first rest day of the three-week race.
More than half a dozen riders had to abandon Sunday due to injury. Evans said he was startled at the sight of a crash that took down a large group on the descent of the Col du Pas de Peyrol. "I came around a blind corner and they were all lying there," Evans said. "I saw a lot of riders in the road and honestly, it really, really frightened me, especially after what happened to Wouter Weylandt in the Giro d'Italia." BMC Racing Team's Brent Bookwalter was involved in the crash but sustained only bumps and bruises and finished the stage. Lelangue said the BMC Racing Team has been fortunate to have stayed out of trouble. "Our plan to bring experienced classics riders to the Tour de France is paying off," Lelangue said. "The first week has been good for us."