Aussie Evans takes lead at Tour de France

July 23, 2011 at 12:27 PM

GRENOBLE, France, July 23 (UPI) -- Cadel Evans took the overall lead in the Tour de France Saturday by taking second in the time trial stage in Grenoble with a time of 55 minutes, 40 seconds.

Australia's Evans covered the 42.5-kilometer (26.4-mile) course seven seconds slower than stage winner Tony Martin, but fast enough to claim the yellow jersey from Andy Schleck and set the stage for the first victory by an Australian in the venerable bicycle race.

Schleck finished Stage 20 in 58:11 after starting 57 seconds behind Schleck.

Evans has a 1:34 lead over Schleck heading into Sunday's grand finale with its traditional run down the Champs-Elysees in Paris.

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