Tour de France - Evans concedes defeat

Wed, 18 Jul 18:04:00 2012

Cadel Evans admitted his chances of retaining his Tour de France title had gone after he lost a lot of time to overall leader Bradley Wiggins in the 16th stage on Wednesday.

Cadel Evans (background) has conceded Tour de France defeat after falling well behind Bradley Wiggins (front) - 0

"I was obviously not at my normal level. It's pretty much the Tour de France over for me," said the Australian, who reportedly felt unwell before the start.

Evans was unable to stay with the other Tour favourites in the penultimate of four climbs on the hard, 197.5-km ride in the Pyrenees and was helped by team mates Amael Moinard and Stephen Cummings.

While he made it back on the descent, he was dropped again in the final Peyresourde pass overlooking Bagneres de Luchon, losing four minutes 47 seconds to Wiggins, second-placed Briton Chris Froome and Italy's Vincenzo Nibali.

Evans now finds himself in seventh position, 8:06 adrift, an unbridgeable gap four days before the finish in Paris.

"You've got to be optimistic but you have to be realistic. This year, things haven't been coming together. The retirement present I wanted to give to George Hincapie this year is not the one I wished I did," he said.

Evans's BMC team mate Hincapie will retire at the end of his record 17th Tour de France on Sunday.

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  1. I'm really keen on cycling and admire greatly the­ effort put in during races and especially the Tour D­ France. Never really been able to take to Evans though,­ seems to me he does a lot of whinging when things­ don't go his way. It's not just this tour­ he's been like it over a number of years. I know­ he's been in the wars but when you look at what­ some of the others have suffered, Sorensen for­ instance, Hincapie, as another example.

    From Anthony, on Fri 20 Jul 14:54
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