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Cadel Evans finished runner-up at the Critérium du Dauphiné for the fourth time. (BMC Racing Team photo.)
Cadel Evans finished runner-up at the Critérium du Dauphiné for the fourth time. (BMC Racing Team photo.)

Evans Second At Critérium du Dauphiné

12. giugno 2011

La Toussuire, France

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans earned his third podium placing at a stage race this season with a runner-up finish Sunday at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Satisfied With Result

Evans was seventh on the final stage, 10 seconds behind Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), who soloed away in the final moments of the 117-kilometer race to win his second straight stage. Bradley Wiggins (Sky Pro Cycling) took overall victory with a final margin of 1:26 on Evans and 1:49 on third-placed Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana). "All things considered, I'm pretty happy with second for once," Evans said. "We were so closely matched here all week and the racing has been hard from start to finish each day. We didn't see the overall contenders winning many stages because it was so closely matched between the first three or four on the general classification."

Tour Preparation
Evans, already the overall winner at Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie this season, added another runner-up placing to three here previously in 2007, 2008 and 2009. BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the Dauphiné was a good tune-up for the Tour de France. "We had some good tests and the time trial was good preparation, especially with mostly the guys who are going to be at the Tour," he said. "Finishing second here, winning Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie, and having a good Volta a Catalunya, we can be confident on the approach to the Tour de France."