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Cadel Evans climbed into second overall on the strength of his third place finish. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Cadel Evans climbed into second overall on the strength of his third place finish. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour of Oman, Stage 4: Evans Climbs Into Second Overall

14. February 2013

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans finished third on the summit finish of Green Mountain at the Tour of Oman to climb into second overall with two days of the race to go.

Evans Feeling Satisfied
Evans, who was celebrating his 36th birthday Thursday, finished 22 seconds behind solo stage winner Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and 18 seconds after runner-up Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling). The 2011 Tour de France winner was five seconds in front of 2012 Vuelta a España winner Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) and 14 seconds ahead of 2010 Vuelta winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team), who was fifth on the stage. "I've come here with an open mind, knowing I've trained well in the offseason and leading into this," Evans said. "But it is my first race and my first real test of the year. I'd say I'm very satisfied. I couldn't have asked more from myself." In the overall standings, Evans is 24 seconds behind 2012 Tour de France runner-up and new race leader Froome – who displaced Peter Sagan (Cannondale) – and one second ahead of third-placed Contador. BMC Racing Team's Yannick Eijssen (10th, 1:09 behind) and Steve Cummings (13th, 1:18 behind) were also in the top 15 on the stage.

Bookwalter In The Break
Brent Bookwalter laid the groundwork for the BMC Racing Team's assault on the final climb by being part of a five-rider breakaway that escaped early in the 152.5 kilometer stage and gained a four-and-a-half minute lead before being caught in the final kilometers. "The whole team deserves big applause today," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. "Having Brent in the break was easy for us because Saxo-Tinkoff, Sky and Astana had to chase all day and we were able to save our guys." Eijssen said a rigorous training schedule since November paid off. "This was the first day I could test myself and it proved I was good," he said. "The finish was really intense because the stage wasn't so hard before the climb, so everyone was fresh. I went pretty deep." Lelangue said Friday's 144 km race that includes three climbs will be the last chance to shake up the standings. "If there are some breakaways going and we can place one of our guys who is not too far on the general classification, he can be a threat for the leaders and they will have to work," Lelangue said.

Click here to listen to complete comments from Eijssen, Evans and Lelangue on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.