2011 Tour de France Final: Schlecks vs. Evans

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07/23/2011| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

2011 Tour de France Final: Schlecks vs. Evans

Riders set out one by one in the suspenseful final time trial in the Tour de France, with Cadel Evans or one of the Schleck brothers most likely to take home the yellow jersey.

second to Contador by 23 seconds in 2007; Schleck was 39 seconds behind the Spaniard last year - two of the closest finishes in the 108-year history of the race.

Evans, of the U.S. team BMC, would be the first Australian winner. Schleck - whichever one - would be the first Luxembourg rider since Charly Gaul was the first and only from winner from that country to win, in 1958.

Andy says it has been a childhood dream to be on the podium with his older brother: "First and second a day before Paris: what more could anyone want? ... We're here. But we know it's not finished. We're both motivated."

No brothers have ever shared a Tour de France podium.

Voeckler lost the coveted yellow shirt to Andy Schleck on Friday after cracking on the day's first climb - and couldn't catch up on the famed Alpe d'Huez finish in Stage 19, won by Europcar teammate Pierre Rolland.

"My motivation is super, my legs are good, my condition is there, so I'm confident I can keep this till Paris," Andy said of the leader's tunic.

Evans' formula for capturing it?

"Start as fast as possible. Finish as fast as possible. Hope you're fast enough," he said.

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