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E is for Evans: 2011 Col du Galibier

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June 10, 2016 – Next in this A-to-Z countdown to the 2016 Tour de France (#TDF2016) comes the letter E—E for EVANs, Cadel Evans.

#PelotonShorts by John Wilcockson/Photo by Yuzuru Sunada

In this image from stage 18 of the 2011 Tour, Evans is crossing the line at the top of a cold and windswept Col du Galibier—the highest finish line in any Tour de France at 8,658 feet (2,645 meters)—at the end of one of the finest climbs of his career.

Almost singlehandedly, Evans pulled back two minutes from breakaway rider Andy Schleck, dropping other favorites such as Alberto Contador, to stay within shooting range of the yellow jersey, which the Australian claimed two days later in the penultimate stage’s time trial in Grenoble.

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