Cadel Evans, Tour de France 2012, stage three

Bradley Wiggins has lost a key domestique in the first week of the Tour de France but main rival Cadel Evans has stopped short of saying the loss is advantageous to his own title defence.

Wiggins's Sky teammate Kanstantsin Siutsou fractured his left tibia in a crash during the third stage yesterday and was forced to abandon leaving Wiggins a man short.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.