Evans Fights Back, Snags Yellow Jersey

Battered Evans climbs in 10th stage while rival Valverde plummets
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2008 7:00 AM CDT
Alejandro Valverde of Spain climbs Tourmalet pass during the 10th stage of the Tour de France. Valverde dropped to a 14th place in the overall rankings.    (AP Photo/Bas Czerwinski)
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(Newser) – Cadel Evans burst back yesterday from Sunday's painful (and helmet-shattering) crash to secure the yellow jersey after the 10th stage of the Tour de France, the AP reports. Finishing with a single-second lead over Frank Schlenck, Aussie Evans became the fourth owner of the malliot jaune so far in this race, while rival Alejandro Valverde fell to 14th place overall.

"I thought my Tour was finished yesterday. Like the others who took the yellow jersey on the Hautacam, I hope I can continue in it," said Evans, referring to the fact that historically, the leader after Stage 10 has gone on to win the Tour. Meanwhile, the sporting director of Valverde's team predicts that "It's finished for the podium."