The Australian took the overall lead in the Tour de France on Monday after a punishing 10th stage through the Pyrenees. His surge to the front came a day after he tumbled over his handlebars, leaving him with a cracked helmet and a body coated with cuts. He feared his Tour de France was over.
"Yesterday, I was at what's for me been my Tour low," he said. "And today, up until this point in the Tour, it's been my Tour high. It's a bit an emotional roller coaster to say the least."
The 31-year-old Silence Lotto leader, a favorite going into the race, seized the lead from Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg in a stage won by Leonardo Piepolo of Italy on Bastille Day. Evans has the smallest possible lead - one second - over Frank Schleck of Luxembourg as the race takes a rest day Tuesday.