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Cadel Evans registered his eighth top five placing of the season at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Cadel Evans registered his eighth top five placing of the season at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Cadel Evans Fifth At Liège-Bastogne-Liège

25. April 2010

Ans, Belgium

World Champion Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team said he was "reasonably pleased" with his fifth place finish Sunday at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the final Spring Classic.

Chased Hard Near The End

Evans said he fought hard in the 258-km race's decisive moments to animate a small group that was chasing the two leaders, Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) and Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha). "I was happy to get across to (Philippe) Gilbert and (Alejandro) Valverde without (Andy) Schleck and Alberto Contador," he said. "It was a pity not to have enough numbers there at the end, but we've had a bit of a rough run with the loss of Karsten (Kroon). We did have a couple of young guys here, nearly all of them racing Liége for the first time, and I was really impressed with the way they rode sensibly and maturely."  Vinokourov soloed to win the race ahead of Kolobnev.

Strong Teamwork
Director Sportif John Lelangue said despite missing certain elements of the team because of different circumstances, the performance of the BMC Racing Team was very pleasing. "We had to control things from the start with Simon Zahner, Jackson Stewart and Danilo Wyss keeping the early breakaway gap at five minutes," he said. "In the second stage of the race, we had two other guys – Brent Bookwalter and Jeff Louder – who did a good job on the climbs until the foot of the Col du Rosier. Then Mathias Frank and Steve Morabito took over to get Cadel in position for the final."