The 2012 Tour de France starts with a prologue in Liege on Saturday.
The 2012 Tour de France starts with a prologue in Liege on Saturday. GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO

Can Cadel win two?

CADEL Evans took seven attempts to win the Tour de France.

The defending champion will discover in three weeks just how hard it is to win a second.

Twice a runner-up (2007 and 2008) in the greatest cycling show on earth, the Australian set the record straight last year in a strong and confident display of all-round talent.

Yet the 2012 race, which starts with a prologue in Liege tomorrow, is an awkward one, with a rare emphasis on time trials at the expense of mountain stages.

Evans says his preparation has been good, similar to last year, but everyone wants to know just one thing.

"Everybody's asking me: 'Can you win two?'. When Lance Armstrong won his first he was asked the same and then he won five and he was asked: 'Can you win six?' and he went on to win seven. That's the nature of our sport," the BMC team leader said.

"The approach changes a little bit when you've won it. I would not say I'm less ambitious, but ambitious in a different manner.

"Before you win your first Tour you ask yourself: how do I do it? The second: let's just repeat what we did."


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