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Cadel Evans sported the leader's pink jersey for the first time since 2010. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Cadel Evans sported the leader's pink jersey for the first time since 2010. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 9: Evans Keeps The Lead

18. May 2014

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans finished seventh on Sunday's summit finish at the Giro d'Italia to keep his overall lead on the eve of the race's second rest day.

Winning From The Breakaway
Pieter Weening won ORICA-GreenEDGE's third stage of the race in a two-up sprint against Davide Malacarne (Team Europcar). But it was Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) who posed the biggest danger to Evans, attacking late to finish 26 seconds ahead of Evans's group and earning a four-second time bonus for finishing third. He climbed from 10th to fourth overall, 1:20 off the lead. "It came down to the last climb and there were some guys who were putting a bit on the line and gambling a little bit more," Evans said. "They are winning in this Giro on the stages. It was a bit more behind with the GC (general classification) guys controlling each other and a couple were a bit more careful to put it on the line."

'Very Happy With The Team'
For the second straight day it was BMC Racing Team's Steve Morabito who paced Evans in the final kilometers. Morabito's effort followed a concerted chase by the BMC Racing Team to pull back 14 riders who broke away about 50 kilometers into the 172-km race and built a nearly nine-minute advantage. "We have to be satisfied with our work so far," Evans said. "I am very very happy with the team. They are the ones who have put me in the position to be here now and they rode with the jersey very strongly in control. I think the guys will rest very happily tomorrow." Evans leads Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) by 57 seconds with Rafal Majka in third at 1:10. After Monday's rest day, 12 stages remain, including two individual time trials and six major mountain stages.

Listen to complete comments from Evans (in English and Italian) on the BMC Racing Team's special Giro d'Italia Audio Line.

See photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team Flickr gallery.