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Cadel Evans performed his final warm-up for Tirreno-Adriatico with Strade Bianche on Saturday. (©Sirotti.)
Cadel Evans performed his final warm-up for Tirreno-Adriatico with Strade Bianche on Saturday. (©Sirotti.)

Evans Will Gauge Fitness At Tirreno-Adriatico

5. March 2012

Santa Rosa, California

The road to defense of his Tour de France title starts with Tirreno-Adriatico and BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans hopes his first stage race of the season provides a good gauge of his progress.

Stage 5 Is Pivotal

"My first goal is to see how my fitness is," Evans said. "I've worked reasonably well toward it. To repeat last year's result here would be an ultimate gauge of my fitness. But we'll first test my fitness and then see the result." Tirreno-Adriatico was one of two stage races the former world road champion won on the way to his Tour de France victory. Evans said the Stage 5 summit finish at Prati di Tivo will be a key moment in the seven-day race that begins Wednesday. "It makes it a real climber's race because it's a long climb, maybe 15 kilometers," Evans said. "That's going to change the race from last year a lot and be one of the most important days for the general classification." Evans and BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato agree that a formidable squad has been assembled, particularly for Stage 1's 16.9 km team time trial. "We'll see day-by-day how things go, but we have riders for all stages and we can even go with some attacks," Baldato said. "The finish climb on Stage 5 might just be one for Marco Pinotti."

Download the official race card (PDF of roster, bios, statistics, etc.):

BMC Racing Team Tirreno-Adriatico Roster (March 7-13):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Cadel Evans (AUS), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), George Hincapie (USA), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

President/General Manager:
Jim Ochowicz (USA)

Sport Directors:
Fabio Baldato (ITA)
John Lelangue (BEL)

Chief Medical Officer:
Dr. Max Testa (ITA)

Chief Communications Officer:
Georges Lüchinger (LIE)

Bus Driver: Gianni Cedroni (ITA). Mechanics: Antonio Biron (ITA), Nick Mondelaers (BEL), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Performance Advisor: Scott Nydam (USA). Soigneurs: David Bombeke (BEL), Robert Grabowski (POL), Dirk Leenaert (BEL), Stefano Rubino (ITA).