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BMC Racing Team's George Hincapie (right) guided Cadel Evans to the base of the final climb to the finish. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
BMC Racing Team's George Hincapie (right) guided Cadel Evans to the base of the final climb to the finish. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 2: Evans Stays Second Overall

5. giugno 2012

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans again figured prominently in the final kilometers of Tuesday's stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné before ultimately finishing with the lead group to remain one second off the lead.

Followed Attacks
Evans finished seventh in the 160-kilometer race which Danile Moreno (Katusha Team) won with an attack in the final 250 meters. But like he did on Monday's Stage 1, Evans rode aggressively with solid support from the BMC Racing Team to hold onto the green points jersey and stay second overall behind Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling). After the day's breakaway group of four was reeled in within the final seven kilometers, it was left to the BMC Racing Team to chase down a solo attack by Ag2r La Mondiale's Mikael Cherel with five kilometers to go. From there, George Hincapie took over, leading Evans onto the final uphill rise to the finish. When Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) accelerated with 1.4 km left, Evans capably followed. And when a Movistar rider attacked in the final kilometer, BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen was there to help Evans close it down.