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Evans down, but not out at Tour de France



Cadel Evans Cadel Evans (born 14 February 1977, in Katherine, Northern Territory) is an Australian professional cyclist. Evans finished second in the 2007 Tour de France. Prior to turning to road cycling in 2001, Evans was a champion mountain biker, riding for the Volvo-Cannondale MTB team,  admitted he is still getting used to being so far behind in the race for the Tour de France Tour de France

World's most prestigious and difficult bicycle race. Staged for three weeks each July—usually in some 20 daylong stages—the Tour typically comprises 20 professional teams of nine riders each and covers some 3,600 km (2,235 miles) of flat and
 yellow jersey before the race's crucial mountains stages have even started.

Australia's two-time runner-up stayed out of trouble on Wednesday's tricky and wind-hit stage from Cap d'Agde Cap d'Agde is the seaside resort of Agde, France, on the Mediterranean sea in the département of Hérault, within the région of Languedoc-Roussillon. Agde can be reached by SNCF train whilst the closest airports are Béziers-Agde airport (15 km) or Montpellier-Fréjorgues (approx  to Perpignan, in which Silence teammate Matthew Lloyd
    Matthew James Lloyd (born April 16 1978) is an Australian rules footballer who plays for and is captain of the Essendon Bombers Australian Football League. Widely regarded as the best full-forward currently playing, he is the leading goal scorer of all time for Essendon and
     escaped, unhurt, from a spill mid-race.

    Evans now goes into Thursday's sixth stage from Gerona to Barecelona in Spain 2min 59sec down on race leader Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara (born March 18, 1981) is a Swiss professional road bicycle racer. A time trial specialist, he is the current, and two time, World Time Trial Champion. In 2006 he also became the only second Swiss winner of the Classic one-day race Paris-Roubaix, following Heiri  and second-placed Lance Armstrong.

    But despite his significant deficit to key rivals ahead of three days in the Pyrenees mountains, beginning Friday, Evans says the Tour is far from over.

    "I've never been in this position at the Tour de France ahead of the mountains stages, so we'll see what happens," said Evans, who finished runner-up in both 2007 and 2008.

    "But I'm feeling good. The Tour is not over for me yet."

    The Australian admitted nevertheless that another windy day of racing, in which accelerations from Astana, Saxo Bank and Columbia made it an uncomfortable for some, had tested him yet again.

    On stage three, a turn of pace by Columbia dropped Evans and many favourites behind, while benefiting Armstrong, who on the day up seven places to third overall, by 41secs.

    "It was a horrible day," added Evans referring to Wednesday's stage.

    "There were a lot of narrow roads, a lot of people and shouting and we had to stay really concentrated all day.

    "I'm happy I'm still here."

    Lloyd said later: "I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)

    "Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party.
     how I crashed. The roads were narrow, but that's racing and that's the Tour.

    "But I'm okay, I feel 100 percent."
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    Date:Jul 8, 2009
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