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Cadel Evans won his first stage of the Giro d'Italia on a day to remember. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Cadel Evans won his first stage of the Giro d'Italia on a day to remember. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 7: Evans Wins Epic Day

15. May 2010

Montalcino, Italy

World champion Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team won his first stage of the Giro d'Italia Saturday in epic fashion, out-sprinting a small group at the end of 220 kilometers of riding in rainy, cold and muddy conditions.

'A Good Position'

Evans is now second overall, 1:12 behind new leader Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana). He becomes the first reigning world champion to win a stage of the Giro since Moreno Argentin in 1987 and the 10th Australian to do it. "I think second is a good position to be in right now," Evans said. "We'll see tomorrow how the first true mountain stage goes. There's a long way to go before Verona." Evans and Vinokourov shattered the race by driving the pace up the hard-packed limestone climb of Strade Bianchi. "It's a stage that was suited for me and we prepared well for it. The course reconnaissance we did paid off."

A Team Effort
BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said words could not describe the horrific conditions - something he hadn't seen in 20 years in the sport. "Winning the day wasn't really the plan this morning, but there was a time bonus, so that helped," Lelangue said. "I'm really proud of all the guys and the staff, who worked hard to prepare everything for today. We changed Cadel's BMC at 120 km (as planned) to make sure we had good Easton wheels and we had people stationed on the dirt roads with another spare BMC and wheels."