Cadel Evans of Australia and the BMC Racing team rides in the peloton during stage three of the 2012 Tour de France from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
Cadel Evans of Australia and the BMC Racing team rides in the peloton during stage three of the 2012 Tour de France from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer. Bryn Lennon - Getty Images

Evans ready for 'first real test'

NOW that Cadel Evans' team-mates have kept him safe, the Tour de France defending champion must start showing if he can win again.

A day before the Tour's first real climbing stage, Evans noted that the crash chaos in week one had already started making overall selections.

Key rivals Frank Schleck, Robert Gesink and Ryder Hesjedal all lost time after they were caught in a massive pileup about 25km from the finish of the sixth stage into Metz.

It is no fluke that Evans and Tour favourite Bradley Wiggins have not crashed - their teams have worked incredibly hard to keep them out of trouble.

"We're staying in the front for exactly that - to avoid the crashes," Evans said of BMC's tactics.

Read more at ABC news online.



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