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Evans in driver's seat heading into Saturday's time trial

Updated: July 26, 2008, 8:50 AM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

The beauty of the Tour de France is that it's all about the overall rider after three weeks.

You can be a great climber and dominate the mountains or be a solid sprinter, but you still need to be an above-average time trialist to win it all, or, at least, make it easier on yourself to win it all.

I think we've been spoiled over the past decade by riders like Lance Armstrong and even Jan Ullrich, riders whom we saw finish so well in both the mountains and time trials. ...

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