Evans im­prov­ing

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Two-time Tour run­ner-up Cadel Evans is op­ti­mistic he is re­cov­er­ing well enough from his bro­ken left el­bow to be able to make an im­pres­sion later in the race. The 33-year-old Evans was in­jured when he fell early in Sun­day’s eighth stage in the Alps.

Rid­ing with an in­jury and thick ban­dag­ing has de­stroyed Evans’ chances of win­ning the Tour for the first time. He is in 18th place over­all and sits nearly 8 min­utes off the lead.

“There’s a lot of guys who are pretty tired, stiff and sore like my­self,” Evans said. “It’s the bumps that re­ally hurt; cor­ners are OK. Day by day it’s get­ting a lit­tle bit bet­ter.”

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