Evans grabs yellow

ANOTHER Coffs Coast product is shining on the world stage.

If it isn’t Emma Moffatt becoming a triathlon world champion, Alexandra Croak diving to victory, Greg Inglis making a break to the tryline or Phillip Hughes cracking another century, it’s Cadel Evans leaving everyone behind on the bike.

Evans, a former Woolgoolga High School student, has grabbed the race leader’s yellow jersey at the Tour de France.

The 33-year-old finished 10 seconds behind stage winner Andy Schleck on Sunday night (AEST) on the 189km eighth stage in the French Alps.

Evans, who was left with scrapes after a fall only a few kilometres into the stage, said it was too windy and not steep enough for him to launch an attack.

“All the work Astana was doing put me and Andy (Schleck) in a good position to attack, but it was pretty windy out there on the climb, not flat at the finish, but not favourable to an attack,” said the Australian.

“I’m just really happy to get yellow. I’m happy it’s rest day.”

Evans was able to recover with his feet up during last night during a rest day but greater challenges lay ahead.

Tonight it’s another trek through the French Alps for a 204.5 kilometre mountain stage from Morzine-Avoriaz to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

Evans is still chasing his first Tour victory after finishing runner-up in 2007 and 2008.

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