Liege, Belgium: Cadel Evans thinks one Tour de France title will make it easier to win another one. And he's ready to add that second championship right now.
Evans opens his title defense when the 99th edition of cycling's marquee race begins Saturday with a quick, 4-mile prologue in Liege, Belgium — an individual time trial expected to be dominated by specialists such as Fabien Cancellara of Switzerland and Tony Martin of Germany, or contender Bradley Wiggins of Britain.
The beginning of the Tour offers the cycling world a welcome return to racing after the sport's doping ghosts returned this month, with charges by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that Lance Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs en route to his seven Tour victories. He denies doping and notes he has never failed a drug test.