Tuesday, July 19, 2005


TdF Stage 16: Credit to Cadel

CADEL EVANS MOVES FROM 11th to 7th. He's a Tour rookie, but Australian Cadel Evans is also a veteran cyclist who has now made his mark on the Tour de France. Evans created a breakaway group early in today's Stage 16, led them over the final "beyond categorization" mountain of this year's Tour, and worked hard all the way to the end of the stage.

HE'S NO "WHEEL SUCKER." Though his three remaining fellow escapees (can you say "wheel suckers?") did not do their fair share of the work in the final 30 kilometers of the stage, they outsprinted the weary warrior at the finish line to try to grab glory and Euros. But we all know that the credit goes to Cadel, who finished fourth in the stage. He moved up from 11th to 7th place in the overall standings. His hard work moved him ahead of heavy hitters Floyd Landis, Andreas Kloden, Alexandre Vinokourov, and Christophe Moreau. Evans is a Davitamon-Lotto teammate of fellow Aussie Robbie McEwen. Congratulations, Cadel!

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