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Cadel Evans (center) received plenty of encouragement on the final climb. (©Sirotti.)
Cadel Evans (center) received plenty of encouragement on the final climb. (©Sirotti.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 4: Evans Moves Up

10. March 2012

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans finished eighth Saturday at Tirreno-Adriatico to climb from 93rd to 20th overall at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Teamwork At The End
With six kilometers to go on the longest stage (252 km) of the race, the BMC Racing Team massed at the front to set Evans up for the steep, 2 km climb to the finish. After a leadout from Alessandro Ballan and George Hincapie, the race's defending champion kept pace with the leaders until the final 1,200 meters. "All the team did a great job in the dangerous downhill and the foot of the climb to place Cadel well," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) broke free on the climb with four others and won the five-up sprint while Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) took the overall lead. Evans is now 20th, 53 seconds behind, with three stages remaining. "I rode the race I did and whether I got the best result out of myself as possible, today I can't say," Evans said. "But on two levels I have an idea where I am – not where I was last year – but in terms of the end results going toward the other races in the year, it's a really good indicator, particularly from the work of the team."

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