Says not going with Nibali was possibly a missed opportunity
Posted by: Sala007 (IP Logged)
Date: July 12, 2012 02:18AM
Defending Tour de France champion Cadel Evans sought to gain time today on race leader Bradley Wiggins, knowing that he has to reduce his one minute 53 second deficit to the Maillot Jaune, Carbon Bottle Cages but ultimately wasn’t able to do so. However with tomorrow’s stage to La Toussuire being much harder, he said that he will keep trying to crack Sky’s control on the race.
“You have to make opportunities for yourself,” the BMC Racing Team rider said after the stage. “Tomorrow, I think the attacking riders Bottle Cages will be more rewarded. But we'll have to see how the other teams react to the race.”
One of those who Evans could try to combine with is Liquigas-Cannondale team leader Vincenzo Nibali. He slipped clear on the descent of the Grand Colombier today and opened up a minute’s lead with the help of his team-mate Peter Sagan, who had been Bike Cages in the day’s break.
However the plucky move was hauled back on the day’s final climb, the Col de Richemond, with the combined strength of the Sky riders proving too much Bicycle Cages.
Reflecting on the break, Evans was left wondering if he should have joined forces with the Italian. “He went away Bottle Holder and I was a little bit hesitant,” he admitted. “Maybe it was a missed opportunity or something.” However he said that he wasn’t sure if the move would have worked anyway. “Sky really has the team for BMX Rims Sale this course and this situation, so it leaves the opportunities few and far between. And with the wind and the climb that far from the finish, it was a bit difficult today.”
Evans fought hard on the drag up 20'' BMX Rim the line to eke out a gap but Wiggins worked his way up to his back wheel and remained glued there. It means that the Australian still needs to find a way to gain back some time; tomorrow’s tougher stage could give him a possible platform if he is feeling strong.
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