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Cadel Evans climbed from seventh to third overall Monday (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Cadel Evans climbed from seventh to third overall Monday (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Dauphiné, Stage 1: Evans Climbs To Third

6. June 2011

Saint-Pierre-de-Chartreuse, France

Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team shadowed the overall contenders up the final climb Monday to finish third on the stage and move into third overall at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Difficult Final Climb

BMC Racing Team's Michael Schär and Manuel Quinziato made a hard tempo on the last of four categorized climbs, setting up the showdown between all the race favorites as Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) soloed to win the 144-kilometer race. "It was a difficult situation to make a move in a final like that," Evans said. "Congratulations to Van den Broeck and (Alexandre) Vinokourov. There is still a long ways to go, with the time trial Wednesday and many more mountains before the final stage."

Seven Seconds Off The Lead
Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the day's plan to not lose seconds over the main contenders worked well. In the overall standings, Evans trails new leader Vinokourov (Astana) by seven seconds. "We knew there was going to be a selection," Lelangue said. "Tomorrow we have to be careful and attentive to not lose any seconds in the final three kilometers. The finish is not any easy one."