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Cadel Evans finished 41st on Tuesday's stage and is 21 seconds off the overall lead. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Cadel Evans finished 41st on Tuesday's stage and is 21 seconds off the overall lead. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour of Oman, Stage 2: Protecting The Leader

12. February 2013

The BMC Racing Team protected Cadel Evans when a flurry of action split the peloton into several groups at the end of Tuesday's stage at the Tour of Oman.

Opportunities Lie Ahead
Evans and four of his teammates (Steve Cummings, Yannick Eijssen, Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet) were among a group of about three dozen riders who finished together, 11 seconds after solo stage winner and new race leader Peter Sagan (Cannondale). Two climbs in the final 25 kilometers of the 146 km race and a descent to the finish made for a challenging day, BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. "Philippe sacrificed himself a bit to bring back Cadel because that's our first priority – to test ourselves on the GC (general classification)," he said. "We had a good day and cannot complain. It was good to have teammates around Cadel, riding together. We know we will have some opportunities for stages and the GC. The big stages are still to come on Thursday and Friday." The five BMC Racing Team riders who finished together in the reduced peloton are 21 seconds behind Sagan in the overall standings, with world road champion Gilbert the best-placed in 26th.