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Evans had worn the green jersey of points leader since Stage 2 but conceded the lead in the classification Wednesday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Evans had worn the green jersey of points leader since Stage 2 but conceded the lead in the classification Wednesday. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 3: Gilbert's Attack; Evans Ready For Time Trial

6. giugno 2012

In the final moments of Wednesday's stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert put on an impressive display of form that earned him the world No. 1 ranking last year, while teammate Cadel Evans looked ahead to the first significant test of the eight-day race.

Team Working Well
Gilbert attacked with 1.5 kilometers to go in the 167 km race and immediately gained a small gap. It was left to Omega Pharma-Quick Step to chase and with the Belgian national champion pounding the pedals, he held off the pursuit until the chasing efforts swallowed him up inside the final 500 meters. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky ProCycling) took the stage win while Evans avoided a crash in the final 50 meters to finish in the same time. Heading into Thursday's 53.5-kilometer individual time trial, Evans said he is pleased with how things have gone so far. His top 10 finish in the prologue and victory on Stage 1 has him one second off the lead of Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling). "From here until Sunday will be a better indicator of how we're going towards the Tour de France and what areas we need to improve on," Evans said. "The team is working well and everyone is riding well and we're functioning very well as a unit." Evans, the runner-up at the Dauphiné last year, said he expects Wiggins (the defending champion) to be his primary challenger the rest of the way. "If he has a good time trial, he's also been climbing really well this year and over one week he's proven this year to be very consistent in the mountains. Tomorrow is certainly one of the key days, if not the most important day."