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A third-place finish on Stage 6 (above) helped Cadel Evans climb onto the final podium. (Tim de Waele photo.)
A third-place finish on Stage 6 (above) helped Cadel Evans climb onto the final podium. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 7: Evans On The Final Podium

16. March 2010

San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Cadel Evans secured his third-place finish Tuesday at Tirreno-Adriatico, earning the reigning world road champion his second top 10 placing for the BMC Racing Team at a major stage race.

A Successful Race

“We really came here to function well more than look at results,” Evans said after finishing 12 seconds behind race winner Stefano Garzelli (Acqua & Sapone) and runner-up Michele Scarponi (Androni Giocattoli). “To scrape through and get on the podium has been a good indication that we’ve been successful.” Evans moved himself into podium position with fourth place on Stage 5 and third on Stage 6.

Team Functioned Well
Director Sportif John Lelangue said the BMC Racing Team supported Evans well in the seven-day race as Evans added to his sixth place at the Santos Tour Down Under in January. “This is a really good result,” Lelangue said. “More than the result, the team has been functioning really well, which is important in the first big stage races of the season. These are some of the guys who will be racing the Giro and the Tour de France, if we are selected.”