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Cadel Evans said strong headwinds on the final climb made it more difficult. ©BMC/Tim de Waele.
Cadel Evans said strong headwinds on the final climb made it more difficult. ©BMC/Tim de Waele.

Volta a Catalunya, Stage 3: Evans 10th

23. March 2011

Andorra, Spain

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans placed 10th on Wednesday's mountain-top finish, conceding 50 seconds to new race leader Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank), who soloed to win the stage.

Time To Improve
Evans, who is now ninth overall, said he knew the final 8.2-kilometer climb would be tough. "Overall, it's a disappointing result, but at this time of year, not bad," he said. "Contador was exceptional, Michele Scarponi (runner-up) and Levi Leipheimer (third) were pretty good and I was OK, but certainly not with the best guys. I've got a bit of work to do for these uphill finishes. But I was aware of that before I came here. Fortunately, I have time to work on it." Taylor Phinney (knee pain) abandoned the race.

Van Avermaet Disappointed At Dwars door Vlaanderen
Waregem, Belgium –Greg Van Avermaet finished in the lead group for the BMC Racing Team Wednesday at Dwars door Vlaanderen, but could not get the result he was seeking. Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) won from a two-man breakaway that went away late and finished just ahead of the charging field. "I wanted to try something on the Kwaremont but couldn't get any support," Van Avermaet said. "My legs were very good again, but the result is a bit disappointing. I felt I was good enough to get in the top 10."