Evans to give all in time trial
Sat July 21, 2012 6:11pm
CADEL Evans has vowed to make up for lost time at the Tour de France with a strong performance in tonight's individual time trial knowing a podium finish in Paris tomorrow is out of reach.
With one eye on the looming Olympics, Evans needs a strong performance in the 53.5km race against the clock from Bonneval to Chartres as a morale boost against yellow jersey wearer Bradley Wiggins and double stage winner Mark Cavendish of Team Sky for when they meet in the London road race.
Evans knows he can't make up the almost 10 minutes he needs to find against Wiggins, a three-time Olympic gold medal winner on the track and time-trial specialist, but he refuses to throw in the towel.
"I'll give it everything," said Evans, who will be the sixth last rider out of the start house in Bonneval.
"I had a couple of (bad) days that were really important days that pretty much put me out of contention for the podium.
"I'll see if I can just salvage something in my tour. We'll find out when I get to the first time check (at Mezieres-au-Perche at 14km).
"I'll give it everything, but everything at 80 per cent or everything at 70 isn't always enough for a Tour time trial."
Evans started last year's stage 20 time trial third on general classification, 57 seconds behind the now disgraced Frank Schleck.
He would finish second to Tony Martin in Grenoble by just seven seconds, on a day both Schleck brothers lost big chunks of time to hand the yellow jersey to Evans.
In 2008, the year Evans first led the Tour, he started the final time trial fourth overall and 1min34 secs behind the Spaniard Carlos Sastre and finished seventh on the day, 31 seconds faster than Sastre.
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