Reigning world road race champion Cadel Evans is looking forward to racing in the 2010 Giro d’Italia, and is particularly setting his sights on what he called the “interesting stages” of the race, referring to the mountain stages such as the Strade Bianche, the Plan de Corones, and the Zoncolan.
Evans has been strongly developing his form all throughout the season, and has been getting highly-placed finishes in the races he’s been in, including 5th place in the GP dell’Insubria, plus 3rd overall in the Tirreno-Adriatico, both in the points standings and in the final classification.
Aside from his strong form, Evans has also enjoyed a more relaxing atmosphere with his new team at BMC. The team was apparently built to support him, and Evans himself says that he feels a lot more respected here as compared to his previous team.
John Lelangue, the directeur sportif, has said that they will be doing all they can to help Evans get a top-three overall finish. Lelangue says that the team is joining the Giro d’Italia focused on being as competitive as they can, especially with the world champion in their lineup. The sports director admitted that the race is going to be filled with a lot of championship-caliber cyclists, most of which have already won the Giro at some point in their careers, it is expected to be “a very difficult race”.
Meanwhile, Jim Ochowicz, the team president, has also expressed confidence in Evans and his ability to get a place on the podium again and again. He says that having Evans on the team means they have a strong contender for the Giro, so it’s going to be fun to move through the race and see how it develops over the three weeks.”
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