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Every reason to be pleased: World Champion Cadel Evans is chuffed with his third place in Thursday’s stage. (Photo Georges Luechinger BMC Racing Team Media Service)
Every reason to be pleased: World Champion Cadel Evans is chuffed with his third place in Thursday’s stage. (Photo Georges Luechinger BMC Racing Team Media Service)

A red-hot Cadel Evans climbs onto podium in stage 3

21. January 2010

Stirling

The third stage of the Tour Down Under turned out to be more charged than anticipated.  While a hot Australian summer sun was beating down from above at 40 degrees Celsius the selective parcours demanded the best from all the professionals. 

The stage meandered 132.5 kilometers from Unley to Stirling and was peppered with leg-breaking climbs, demanding descents and two hilly circuits before the finish line.  One of the first victims of the day turned out to be US National Road Champion George Hincapie.  An early crash saw him scrape up his knees, hip and elbow.  “What is hurting the most, however, is my thumb,” reported Hincapie, who in spite of his injuries managed to finish the stage with the leading group.  To set off the misfortune of Hincapie’s crash, BMC’s Karsten Kroon helped provide the race with some fireworks by getting into one of the day’s main breaks and staying away until 30kilometers from the finish. 

Cadel elicits cheers from the fans
After crossing the finish line twice on the way to the final pass through the finish line in Stirling, the riders took barely four hours to complete the stage.  The BMC Racing Team, who entered the tour on a Wild Card bid, figured prominently in the days deciding moves.  Team leader Cadel Evans tried his hand at chasing the stage win on a difficult uphill drag race to the finish line, thereby truly releasing “Cadel-Mania” in the streets.  “I noticed a lot of riders were having trouble holding the pace.  So when Manuel Cardoso attacked, I simply tried to go with him.  That I was strong enough to finish in third place behind Cardoso and Valverde surprised me a little.   I am pretty content with this result since I started today’s stage without any personal ambitions,” Evans reiterated.  With this finish, Cadel Evans improves to seventh place on the general classification.  Andre Greipel remains the race leader after three stages.