Whilst the media will swarm around Armstrong, don’t forget who’s just taken the yellow jersey. Bravo, as they say, for Cadel Evans. Swapping the rainbow jersey for yellow is something I don’t think has happened since 1990 when Greg Lemond won the Tour de France, it’s a little bit of history.
Evans has to be one of the unluckiest riders in the bunch. He could have won the last Vuelta were it not for a puncture and a frustrating slow wheel change; arguably he could have won the Giro were it not for illness. Sport is full of “coulda, woulda, shoulda” but Evans has missed out on some wins thanks to genuine misfortune.
Will he win the Tour, well who knows? I suspect not but he’s proving his abilities throughout the season. Without singling him out, a rider like Wiggins has done little this year, only to get ejected on the first climb. Meanwhile Evans has won classics, stages of the Giro and more this year. In an age where riders can focus obsessively on target races, his target seems to be winning anything up for grabs.