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Cadel Evans stomped up the final climb to win his first race of 2011. (©Sirotti, www.sirotti.it.)
Cadel Evans stomped up the final climb to win his first race of 2011. (©Sirotti, www.sirotti.it.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 6: Victory For Evans

14. March 2011

Macerata, Italy

Cadel Evans impressively scored the BMC Racing Team's first victory of the season Monday by winning the penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico and adding to his overall lead.

Surged At The End

The former world champion showed his strength by following every attack in the leg-breaking final kilometer, then surging past Giovanni Visconti (IFarnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) through the final turn with the finish line in sight. It was Evans' first victory since his win on Stage 7 of last year's Giro d'Italia. "I'm feeling very happy," Evans said. "Yesterday was one thing to take the (leader's) jersey, but to win a stage in the jersey makes me really, really happy."

Tuesday Time Trial
Evans now leads Michele Scarponi (ILampre-ISD) by nine seconds and four others are within 30 seconds of the lead with only Tuesday's 9.3-kilometer time trial remaining. "My main thing – and the first plan today – was not to lose any seconds," Evans said. "Of course, if there was any opportunity to gain seconds, that's always an advantage going into tomorrow. We're still riding only a 10-kilometer time trial but it's always a bigger advantage than a lesser advantage."

Terrific Teamwork
A two-man breakaway that had been ahead by more than seven minutes in the 182 km race was brought back with 16 km to go, thanks to the chasing efforts of the BMC Racing Team. From there, Evans continued to receive impressive support from Alessandro Ballan and George Hincapie, who kept the pace high as the finishing climb neared. "The whole team was fantastic and Alessandro and George were really, really exceptional today," Evans said. "Thanks to them for putting me in the right position, I just had to finish it up in the last kilometer."