Cadel Evans, Tour de France 2011, stage one

Cadel Evans suffered a broken elbow last year at the Tour de France and lost by 23 seconds in 2007, but took a step forward in righting those wrongs today in Les Herbiers. He gained valuable time on his classification rivals with a last minute attack in the race's opening leg.

"Any stage is interesting and any stage is an opportunity, that's how I look at it," Evans explained. "Every now and then I go okay on these hard finishes, what a better way to take advantage for time gaps."

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