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Cadel Evans (center) finished third to add to his four runner-up finishes at the Dauphiné. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Cadel Evans (center) finished third to add to his four runner-up finishes at the Dauphiné. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team's Evans Third At Critérium du Dauphiné

10. June 2012

Cadel Evans secured his third place overall Sunday at the Critérium du Dauphiné by sprinting to third place on the final stage while winning the points classification.

'Week of Hard Racing'
Daniel Moreno (Katusha Team) attacked in the final 300 meters to take the win ahead of Luis-Leon Sanchez (Rabobank Cycling Team) and Evans, who said he was a bit concerned after teammate Tejay van Garderen was lost to a flat tire with four kilometers to go. "Tejay was going to be my main guy to help me in the last kilometer or two," Evans said. "So I was a bit unlucky that I was left alone. I was looking at possibly improving my classification." Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) took the overall victory by 1:17 over his teammate, Michael Rogers, who finished nine seconds ahead of Evans to keep him in third and add to the Tour de France champion's runner-up finishes here in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. "I came here to try and win, but I was beaten by a better team and a better guy," Evans said. "It was a week of hard racing and a good bit of training toward July and hopefully my big form of the year so far."

Final Dress Rehearsal
BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said his squad performed well in its final dress rehearsal for the Tour de France. Evans received plenty of help throughout the 124.5 km final stage, including pacemaking by Philippe Gilbert, Manuel Quinziato and Steve Morabito on the Côte de la Vernaz, Michael Schär and George Hincapie up the Col du Corbier and Schär, Moinard and van Garderen on the final climb to the finish. "I think we had a good week working all together," Lelangue said. "We showed the team is ready and that we can work well for a leader." Lelangue said Evans will use the final three weeks before the Tour to train in the mountains and put in more time on his BMC timemachine TM01 in preparation for the time trials. "We'll keep to the plan of last year," Lelangue said.

Click here to listen to more of Evans and Lelangue's comments on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.