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.”