2010 Tour de France Rest Day Comments from Cadel Evans, Carlos Sastre and Thor Hushovd

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by Thomas A. Valentinsen

2010 Tour de France Rest Day Comments from Cadel Evans, Carlos Sastre and Thor Hushovd

World champion Cadel Evans (Team BMC Racing), Carlos Sastre and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) are enjoying a day off from the 2010 Tour de France Monday in Morzine. Roadcycling.com has compiled rest day quotes and comments from all three riders.

MORZINE-AVORIAZ, FRANCE - JULY 11: LY 11: LY 11: LY 11: Cadel Evans of Australia and the BMC Racing Team pulls on the yellow jersey after becoming the new race leader on stage eight of the 2010 Tour de France from Station des Rousses to Morzine-Avoriaz on July 11, 2010 in Morzine-Avoriaz, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

World champion Cadel Evans (Team BMC Racing), Carlos Sastre and Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) are enjoying a day off from the 2010 Tour de France Monday in Morzine. Roadcycling.com has compiled rest day quotes and comments from all three riders.

World Champion Cadel Evans:

How was your first night in yellow?

"For me personally, getting the yellow jersey at the Tour is always something special. To swap the rainbow jersey for the yellow jersey is a rare honor that I have had the honor to experience. But also for the team and all the work we've put in together - not just for the Tour - but everyone who has been involved in building up the BMC Racing Team, it's a nice reward. I walked down to the dinner table last night with the yellow jersey and gave it to Jacques Michaud (BMC Racing Team Assistant Director), whose birthday it was. I think he was happy to see that."

You were implicated in a crash in stage 8. How is your body?

"I have a very sore left arm. But the legs are still going. That's the important thing. It's a little bit uncomfortable right now, but hopefully by tomorrow it will come around. With another good night's sleep, I should be all right."

What is your rest day program?

"I'm going to try and take it as easy as possible and do a lot of physical therapy on the left arm."

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - JULY 01: Former Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre, pauses at the start of the team presentations for the 97th Tour de France on July 1, 2010 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Following a prologue time trial in Rotterdam on Saturday, the iconic race will include 20 stages and will cover 3,642km. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre:

How is your condition now and how has it been during the first week of the 2010 Tour de France?

"I was good enough to be with the leaders (Sunday). There was a lot of anticipation for the stage. No one knew what to expect. The first week was full of tension, a lot of crashes, heat, wind. I am tranquil. This Tour is just beginning. I don't have any pain, either from my back problems from the Giro or from my crash on the cobbles. I am most content about this."

What are your expectations for the rest of the 2010 Tour?

"I have not set any definitive objectives for this Tour. I am enjoying the race from a different point of view this year. I am taking it day by day. This Tour is going to be one of resistance. If it stays hot, the Pyrénées are going to be a barbarity. If I have the opportunity, I will try something, but I haven't made any specific plan. I wasn't even sure I was going to be able to start the Tour."

What is your take on the favorites for the overall 2010 Tour de France victory?

"This is the first Tour in a long time where there are so many favorites from so many teams with options to win. It's very wide open. Andy Schleck proved he's the most explosive right now, I don't know if he's the strongest. Cadel Evans is very strong psychologically. It will be very hard to take the yellow jersey away from him."

July 11, 2010 - Station Des Rousses, FRANCE - epa02244745 Cervelo team rider Thor Hushovd of Norway awaits the start of the eighth stage of the 97th Tour de France 2010 cycling race between Station Des Rousses and Morzine-Avoriaz, France, 10 July 2010.

Thor Hushovd:

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