TOUR dE fRanCE

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — Suzanne Hal­libur­ton

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.”

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