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Cadel Evans celebrated his fifth win of the season. (©Casey B. Gibson, cbgphoto.com.)
Cadel Evans celebrated his fifth win of the season. (©Casey B. Gibson, cbgphoto.com.)

Evans Wins Tour of Utah's Queen Stage

10. agosto 2014

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans outsprinted Joey Rosskopf (Hincapie Development Team) to win the queen stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Saturday while teammate Ben Hermans rode to a 10th place result and hung onto third place overall.

Bridged To The Breakaway
Evans and Rosskopf and two others were the last four survivors from a breakaway group of 15 that formed early on and that included three other BMC Racing Team riders: Yannick Eijssen, Michael Schär and Danilo Wyss. Evans bridged a two-and-a-half minute gap on the day's second climb to join the escape 130 kilometers from the finish of the 172.6-km race. "We had a good, aggressive plan for the whole team," Evans said after winning the BMC Racing Team's second stage of the race. "Michi and Danilo and Yannick really played the plan to a 'T' getting in the first move, and then I managed to get across to it. We put some pressure on Garmin, which was the main goal of our plan." Sitting ninth overall, the former Tour de France and world road champion was the virtual race leader for a time as the breakaway made its way over two more climbs to the base of the Snowbird ascent. "It was looking good for awhile there depending on how strong (race leader) Tom Danielson and the Garmin team could be on the last climb," Evans said.

Stage Win Was Important
Evans said he had to ride strategically as the four neared the Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort with the gap to a chase group hovering at 25 seconds. "I had to save some legs for the finish and defend any strong attacks on the last section of the climb if I wanted to have any interest in the stage," he said. "So there was a bit of two or three different levels I was playing there. In the end, I made a move up on the general classification, but the stage win was more important." Evans took his fifth win of the season – and what is believed to be his first on U.S. soil since he made the switch from mountain biking to road cycling in 2001. It was the BMC Racing Team's 20th victory of the year and followed Schär's stirring victory on Stage 2 where he soloed the final 60 kilometers to win by two seconds.

Hermans Keeps Podium Position
Hermans, who was runner-up on Stage 4's mountain-top finish Thursday, stayed third overall with a day of the race to go after spending the last eight kilometers chasing the two riders immediately behind him in the standings, Winner Anacona (Lampre-Merida) and Wilco Kelderman (Belkin Pro Cycling Team). Nursing wounds from a crash late in Friday's stage, Hermans said he climbed at his own pace. "I didn't want to blow up," he said. "I stayed at 50 meters behind them for five or six kilometers, but I could not come closer." At the finish, he had conceded time to both but remains 26 seconds ahead of Anacona and 34 ahead of Kelderman. "I hope I can hold them off tomorrow and have a better day," Hermans said. "Today, I did not feel as good as the other days."

Evans Climbs To Sixth Overall
BMC Racing Team Sport Director Jackson Stewart said he drew up a plan of attack in the pre-race meeting that would force Garmin-Sharp to work hard to defend the lead Danielson gained on Stage 4. "It was really our only option," Stewart said. "The only way for Ben to have a good ride was if the other guys got softened up before the last climb. In all facets of the plan, we could only gain, not lose." Sixth on the stage, Danielson leads Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) by 57 seconds and Hermans by 1:26 with only Sunday's 125.5-km race to go. Evans climbed from ninth to sixth and is 2:29 back. "All of the guys bought into the plan today and the hard work paid off," Stewart said.

Listen to complete comments from Evans, Hermans and Stewart on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

See photos of the race on the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.

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