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Evans set for Tour de France
Tour De France Previe Heal
Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, of Australia, is hugged by his teammates as he crosses the finish line of the 21st stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, in this July 24, 2011, file photo. The 2012 race begins today. - photo by Associated Press

    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 today 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.