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Cadel Evans fought hard to stay with the leaders on the finish climb. (©Sirotti.)
Cadel Evans fought hard to stay with the leaders on the finish climb. (©Sirotti.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 4: Mountain-Top Finish

9. March 2013

Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team lost contact with the leading group in the final kilometers of Satruday's mountain-top finish at Tirreno-Adriatico Saturday and finished 73 seconds behind stage winner Chris Froome (Sky Procycling).

Evans 11th Overall
An attack by Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo Bank) with six kilometers remaining in the final climb to Prati di Tivo put several riders into difficulty, including Evans. "The guys were really good at delivered me to the bottom of the climb and then it was up to me," Evans said. "I'm not at the level of the best guys here at Tirreno this year, which, of course, is a little bit disappointing. But that's the way it goes." Froome made his race-winning move a kilometer from the top and soloed to the win. Michal Kwiatkowski, who finished fourth on the day, took the overall lead from his Omega Pharma-Quick Step teammate Mark Cavendish. Evans is 11th in the overall standings, 1:18 behind.

Ochowicz: 'Race Isn't Over Yet'
BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz, who was following behind the peloton in the team car, said the stage was relatively quiet until the final climb. "We were trying to set the speed up to make sure Cadel came into the climb in the right place but in our situation, Cadel just couldn't hold the front group." Ochowicz said with three days to go, there is still an opportunity for Evans to make up ground. "Tomrrow is not easy," he said. "I think we're going to see some change again in the GC potentially. Hopefully we'll see a different performance from us. The race isn't over yet. I think we're still fighting for the win here."

Listen to complete comments from Ochowicz on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine:
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CUTLINE:
Cadel Evans fought hard to stay with the leaders on the finish climb. (©Sirotti.)