Oakley's Cadel Evans Wins Grueling Seventh Stage At The Giro d' Italia
Oakley’s Cadel Evans of Australia won a grueling seventh stage at the Giro d’Italia last weekend. The Australian world champion finished the 138-mile stage from Carrara to Montalcino in 5 hours, 13 minutes, 37 seconds.
Alexandre Vinokourov regained possession of the race leader’s pink jersey. He leads Evans by 1 minute, 12 seconds overall.
Evans’s hopes of going on to battle for overall victory appeared dead and buried as early as the fourth stage following his BMC team’s disastrous performance in the team time trial.
However, in grim weather the former two-time runner-up in the Tour de France produced the kind of gutsy ride that won him the world champion’s jersey in Mendrisio last year before dominating Italian Damiano Cunego of Lampre and Astana’s Vinokourov in a tough uphill sprint finish.
Evans revealed he and his team had targeted the stage, and that strategy paid off as he moved from 16th up to second overall.
“It’s a stage that was suited for me and we prepared well for it. The course reconnaissance we did paid off,” said the Aussie.