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Evans pleased with Tour time trial results

While Gerolsteiner’s Stefan Schumacher scored an impressive ? and surprising ? win in Tuesday’s 29.5km individual time trial in Cholet, he’s still not ranked among the favorites to wear the yellow jersey in Paris on July 27.

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By Andrew Hood

Evans: They said 'go;' I went.

Evans: They said ‘go;’ I went.

Photo: Graham Watson

While Gerolsteiner’s Stefan Schumacher scored an impressive ? and surprising ? win in Tuesday’s 29.5km individual time trial in Cholet, he’s still not ranked among the favorites to wear the yellow jersey in Paris on July 27.

Among the pre-race favorites, Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) turned in the best performance, beating Rabobank’s Denis Menchov by seven seconds, Stijn Devolder (Quick Step) by 51 seconds, Andy Schleck (CSC-Saxo Bank) by 1:02, Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) by 1:07 and Carlos Sastre by 1:16. The Aussie even edged out the man most had pegged to win the stage ? CSC-Saxo Bank’s Fabian Cancellara ? beating the world time trial champion by six seconds.

Satisfied with his fourth-place finish, Evans was quickly swarmed by reporters as he rode to his team bus.

Question: Take us through your day, Cadel.

Cadel Evans: They said “go;” I went.

It was a bit of an average start, actually, but (there was) a lot of wind which normally doesn’t suit me so well. I am a little bit smaller compared to the heavy guys like Cancellara and that.

Overall, it is the result that counts at the finish line and being first of the GC favorites, that is the most important thing. Fourth on the stage is okay, but it (was) really for the specialists (coming) so early in the Tour.

Q: No yellow jersey now. Is that an advantage at this point?

CE: At this point, possibly. At this stage, I like the fact of Kirchen and Schumacher have it and going into the stage at Super Besse, it is a good position for us.

Q: As first of the GC riders do you feel you will go into the Massif Central and Pyrenees defending your position?

CE: Yeah … (but) if I ride defensively I get criticized for that, but I ride attackingly in the time trials so I can afford to be defensive. That is why I like the fact that I am just in a position a little bit behind Kirchen and Schumacher. We will see on the day if Schumacher wants to stay in yellow going through to Super Besse and that, but in terms of our goals, it is possibly a good tactical position to be in.

Q: Did you scout out the course this morning?

CE: I always go and have a look before. There were a few surprises and things go as my teammates Leif Hoste found out. Oh, it is a good course. A lot of wind for the whole week the wind has been like that.

Q: I know you prefer longer time trials, but doing so well on a short one must may you pleased.

CE: Yeah. It’s the wind and that’s sort of comes to the position and equipment. We really have worked on my position this year. It made a difference. And for the hillier time trials my position doesn’t help that much.

But really, today ? flat fast high speed ? that is where the equipment and position and work we have done really gives an advantage.