Evans ready for team time trial test

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A relaxed Evans in Corsica (AAP Images)

If BMC wins the Stage 4 team time trial in Nice then Cadel Evans should pull on the Tour de France yellow jersey.

Tomorrow, the tour takes a different turn, back in mainland France again along beautiful coastlines, but in team time trial mode this time.

"It will be a good test for us, with a good group of 'rouleurs', we will be putting everything on the road for the next GC selection," said Evans who sits ninth overall, one second behind race leader Jan Bakelants (RadioShack Leopard).

As the Australian is the highest ranked of his team, if BMC wins the team time trial by more than a second over the RadioShack Leopard team, Evans will be the new Tour leader.

By virtue of its second place on the team classification, the BMC Racing Team will be the second-to-last team to start the 25 kmrace against the clock.

"We can look forward with confidence at the team time trial tomorrow," said BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue.

"We have worked on this since the beginning of the year. We had three days on a wonderful course with a team who is in good shape and worked well to protect Cadel.

"Now we will see what happens at the team time trial and, after this, we go to the Pyrenees."

Evans is showing promising form as he eases into racing after not racing since the Giro d'Italia in May.

"Our three stages in Corsica are done, I expected a little less drama on stage one and more drama on today's narrow winding roads," wrote Evans on his blog.

"It is a beautiful island, those who watched the race on tv probably know better than us. No, whilst racing, we don't often look at the scenery; in the tight confines of a Tour de France peloton, turning attention away from the wheels in front for a few seconds often results in an accident...best avoided."

SBS will broadcast all stages of the Tour de France live.

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