CADEL Evans’s ailing Tour de France campaign has been saved by an extraordinary act of sportsmanship by arch-rival Bradley Wiggins after a spate of mechanical problems threatened the Australian’s title defence.
Early reports indicated tacks had been thrown at the roar at the summit of the Mur de Peguero and Evans had been one of the major caualties, sustaining three flat tyres.
As Evans stood helplessly on the summit of Mur de Peguero, 38km from the finish, his rivals swept downhill in a symbol of a changing Tour guard.
He was forced to wait for a team car to replace his tyres and lost at least a minute to the peloton.
But Wiggins immediately realised the enormity of the situation and told rival teams to wait for Evans.
The Englishman’s courtesy allowed Evans and his BMC team-mates to regroup and chase down the yellow jersey group, leaving the overall classification unchanged.