Is the dream over for Cadel?
Cadel Evans second in the Giro - is another big year in store for him?
It was nice to keep the dream alive and to hope and to cheer. But unfortunately the time has come to face the music in this 2012 Tour de France: the Cadel Evans of 2011 is not enough to compete with Bradley Wiggins and Sky.
The early attack, spring-boarded by Tejay Van Garderen, was easily reeled in by Sky, who just kept riding tempo until Evans and Van Garderen were brought back. We thought Evans would attack on the descent, but he didn’t.
I waited patiently for him to make the move on the last climb of the day, La Toussuire, but all he could do was hang on.
Nibali was the protagonist of the day, with repeated attacks on the yellow jersey that forced Sky to burn through Porte perhaps sooner than they would have liked and resulted in Evans losing close to 1.5 minutes. At the end of the day, Froome and Nibali leapfrogged over Evans and are now in second and third, respectively, on GC.
Evans can still time trial better than Nibali, so podium is not out of sight for the Australian, but the yellow jersey might as well be miles and miles away. He needs to go into the final time trial on stage 19 with a two minute buffer on Wiggins. This means in the next seven stages he needs go gain over five minutes on the Brit – today he has shown that he’s not able to do that.
Maybe next year, Cadel, maybe next year. But it seems you won’t be the first one to the Champs-Élysées.
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