Push for Evans

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

Ge­orge Hin­capie is de­ter­mined to help two- time Tour de France run­ner-up Cadel Evans fin­ish in the top five. Evans has been rid­ing in pain for sev­eral days af­ter break­ing his left el- bow in a crash on Sun­day in the Alps.

The 33-year-old Aus­tralian is in 18th place over­all, more than eight min­utes be­hind race leader Andy Sch­leck, and has vir­tu­ally no chance of a podium place. Hin­capie, though, re­mains op­ti­mistic that the BMC Rac­ing Team will do all it can to move Evans up the over­all clas­si­fi­ca­tion be­fore the race ends July 25.

“We still be­lieve Cadel can be in the top five,” he said. “He just has to get back to the level he was com­ing into the Tour. We have full con­fi­dence he can do that.”

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