Cadel’s Repeat Tour de France Bid Over
Loses four minutes on final climb
After losing more than four minutes on the final climb of the day Wednesday, defending Tour champion Cadel Evans slipped into seventh place and saw his hopes of winning the race dashed. French favorite Thomas Voeckler won his second stage of the race and took over the climber’s jersey out of a large, 38-man breakaway. From the start of the stage, Evans battled stomach issues and was dropped on the first climb of the day. While he managed to chase back on and survive the following summits, the final climb proved too much. Meanwhile, Cadel’s teammate Tejay Van Garderen has a hold on the best young rider’s jersey and sits in sixth place, the highest ranked American rider. With Thursday’s stage the final mountain day, Wiggins looks secure in the yellow jersey and is judged likely to win the Tour. Some shuffling is still expected just below the podium.