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Jul 12th, 12. BMC's Cadel Evans knows he has to look for opportunities to claw back time if he is to defend his Tour de France title, but he says tomorrow looks better than today for him.
In today's Stage 10, the Australian tried to keep his closest competition within sight.
When Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) attacked on the day's longest climb, Evans said he was feeling a bit of pressure.
"He (Nibali) went away and I was a little bit hesitant. Maybe it was a missed opportunity or something," he said.
But Nibali couldn't escape the chase of Team Sky and race leader Bradley Wiggins, he was reeled in after gaining a 50sec lead.
"Sky really has the team for this course and this situation. So it leaves the opportunities few and far between. And with the wind and the climb that far from the finish, it was a bit difficult today."
Evans finished in the group which contained nearly all the main GC threats, only Lotto Belisol's leader Jurgan van den Broeck gained time today.
The BMC leader said he will be looking to chip away at his 1m53s deficit to Wiggins tomorrow.
"You have to make opportunities for yourself," the defending champion said. "Tomorrow, I think the attacking riders will be more rewarded. But we'll have to see how the other teams react to the race."
Evan's teammate Tejay Van Garderen had a difficult day today. Although he managed to keep his Best Young Rider jersey, he slipped from 8th to 10th on GC.
The American lost contact near the top of the Col de Richemond, the last of three categorised climbs on the 194.5km stage, but fought back to keep the white jersey on his shoulders.
Van Garderen finished 27th, 17sec behind Evans' group.
Tomorrow's stage is another day in the high mountains. It is one of the shortest days of the Tour at 148km, but with two HC climbs and a Cat 1 finish it could be one of the most important days of this Grand Tour.
The 22km HC Col de la Croix creates a mid-stage temptation for those looking to claw back time, but if the attacks don't happen then, they are sure to occur on the 18km La Toussuire climb to the finish.
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