TOUR dE fRanCE
Broken elbow for Evans
Cadel Evans managed to wear the yellow jersey only for a day.
The Australian cyclist lost more than eight minutes on the Col de la Madeleine on Tuesday after he no longer could manage the pain of a broken elbow.
By plan, no one racing in the Tour de France knew that Evans had a broken elbow. He fractured it early in Sunday’s stage, although he managed to finish in the top group to briefly take the overall lead.
Evans, who rides for BMC, a new U.S.based team, was in obvious distress when he crossed the finish line Tuesday.
“We didn’t want to let our competitors know and have them attacking him during the race on the early climbs,” said BMC president Jim Ochowicz. “We controlled the race today, knowing that we had a problem with Cadel’s injury, but we weren’t sure what the outcome was going to be. You saw the outcome.”
Evans tumbled from first to 18th. Earlier this year, he held the lead of the Giro d’Italia for only a day.
He was expected to continue riding in the Tour.
Keeping it fun
The spirits of Lance Armstrong’s RadioShack team, which hit a low point Sunday, were on their way back up after a day of rest.
By Tuesday, Armstrong’s squad was in second place in the team standings at the Tour de France, behind Caisse d’Epargne and ahead of Astana. The team standings are based on the collective times of each team’s top three riders in every stage. RadioShack was 5 minutes, 53 seconds out of first.
“We keep it light, we keep it fun,” Armstrong said of his team’s mood. “This is a fun group.”
Armstrong said the team does like to play pranks, but he’s issued two orders.
He said he told them, “Don’t touch my phone. Don’t touch my wine. After that, you can do anything you want.”