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Cadel Evans rode into the race lead Saturday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Cadel Evans rode into the race lead Saturday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Cadel Evans Leads Tour de Romandie

30. April 2011

Signal-de-Bougy, Switzerland

Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team took the overall lead Saturday at the Tour de Romandie on the strength of his eighth-place finish in the penultimate stage, a 20-kilometer individual time trial.

Very Satisfied
On a day when strong winds plagued the later starters, Evans finished eighth, 44 seconds behind stage winner David Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervélo). Evans now leads Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) by 18 seconds with only a 164 km road stage remaining. "I'm very satisfied," Evans said. "Two weeks ago, I didn't do the classics races because of that training ride crash, so coming back here I didn't know where I was. But I worked hard with some good people around me and came back at a good level."

Good For BMC
Evans last won this race in 2006. Saturday marked the second time he has pulled on a leader's jersey this season, following his overall victory at Tirreno-Adriatico last month. "This is a race that has always suited me," the 2009 world road champion said. "I used to live here in Romandie, so I feel a bit at home. For BMC being a Swiss company, it's an important race."

Strong Team
Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the BMC Racing Team will be vigilant on Sunday. "I'm confident we have a full seven-man team who will be riding strong to defend the jersey," Lelangue said. "We have to be careful because it's a short, difficult stage. We're more worried about Alexandre Vinokourov (third overall, at 19 seconds) than Martin. He already proved he can make that kind of stage (like his win on Friday)."

Phinney OK After Crash
Taylor Phinney and his stars-and-stripes BMC timemachine TT01 didn't fare as well. The U.S. national time trial champion crashed into a wall about 700 meters into his race against the clock. "I think I got just a little too excited," Phinney said. "I did some damage to my cleat and shoes and hip and back, but my knees, elbows and shoulder are fine. For a crash, it probably looks terrible, but I didn't get too hurt."