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Evans at the Top After Valverde’s Suspension

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evans at the top after valverdes suspension 300x200   Evans at the Top After Valverdes SuspensionCadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) of Australia is currently number one in UCI world standings. This was determined after Alejandro Valverde’s (Caisse d’Epargne) suspension on doping as well as Evans’ win as fifth placer at the Giro d’Italia. The International Cycling Union has done the appropriate adjustments of removing Valverde from the world rankings.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport finally issued a worldwide ban for two years on Valverde. The Spaniard can only return to racing on January 1st 2012. Valverde previously held the number one spot in the UCI world rankingas after winning the Tour of Romandie.

Evans also cemented his spot as the new number one by winning the Fleche Wallone and several other top ten finishes during the season. Second in the ranking is Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and coming in at third is Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha).

Notable movement in the rankings are Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Doimo) who won the…

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Basso Beats Evans at Monte Zoncolan

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basso beats evans at monte zoncolan 300x169   Basso Beats Evans at Monte ZoncolanCadel Evans and Ivan Basso are aiming for the win at the Giro. Both are privileged to have the Italian Alberto Sassi as their coach. Sassi, earlier last month was diagnosed to be suffering from brain cancer and predicted one or the other of his “sons” would win.

On the punishing 222 km 15th stage race, Evans and Basso were the toughest athletes on the field fitting each other. The 2006 champion Basso prevailed.

On the much feared Monte Zoncolan climb to the finish, the duo disposed of everyone. It was a 10.1 km climb with an average of 11.9 percent gradient and Basso distanced himself from Evans with 3.7 km to go for the finish. He won by 79 seconds over Evans and rose to third overall behind David Arroyo of Spain.

The 25 year old Tasmanian and former race leader Richie Porte held on for the second place overall at 2:35…

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Evans conquers the Fleche Wallone

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Cadel Evans of BMC won the Fleche Wallone, beating Joaquin Rodriguez of Katusha and Alberto Contador of Astana.

Evans sped past Contador and Rodriguez in the last 100 meters of the one-day classic. “”I’ve finished second here (in2008). I’ve finished fourth (in 2009) and I think ninth (in 2005). So it feels great to win here, especially wearing the rainbow stripes of world champion.”

With tactical precision, Evans limited his losses on areas where there are steep climbs and forged ahead when the road leveled out. This allowed him to gain momentum among the rest and this brought him first to the finish line. Contador, on the other hand, accelerated too early and continued to maintain his strides but was overtaken by Rodriguez at the 1.3 km climb.

Contador comments on his performance, “I’m happy with my result. It’s frustrating to be so close and not win, but I am not a Classics…

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Cadel Evans Ready for Giro d’Italia

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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…

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2010 Paris-Nice Features 22 Teams

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22 teams will be seeing action in the upcoming 2010 Paris-Nice, which will begin on March 7 in Montfort l’Amaury and end one week later on March 14 in Nice.

Alberto Contador will have a chance to redeem himself as Team Astana is one of the invited teams scheduled to compete. Contador, a two-time Tour de France champion, has been harboring bitter memories of his last year’s Paris-Nice performance, when he reportedly ‘bonked’ during a critical stage and lost the overall lead which he had grabbed in earlier stages. Luis Leon Sanchez ended up as the winner.

Sylvain Chavanel is expected to race for Team Quick Step. He won stage 3 last year and finished 2nd overall, so he poses a powerful challenge to anyone looking for the title this year.

Teams Milram and Footon-Servetto will not be joining the event, however, since both teams failed the automatic…

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Cadel Evans to Begin European Season in Switzerland

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World champion Cadel Evans is going to be opening his 2010 season in his home country at the Tour Down Under. He will also be racing a European season, which will begin in February in Switzerland. The GP dell’Insubria-Lugano, a UCI category 1.1 race, is first on the list and begins on February 27th, and the next day will be the GP di Lugano. “I will take part in the Grand Prix Insubria and the Grand Prix of Lugano. Those will be my first races in Europe in 2010, and my first race of 2010 will be the official Tour Down Under, here in Australia,” said Evans. The Australian Tour Down Under begins on January 19th and ends on the 24th….

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Cadel Evans Will Ride Giro d’Italia in 2010

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World champion Australian cyclist Cadel Evans has confirmed that he will be racing in the 2010 Giro d’Italia. This will be the first time he’s raced the Giro in eight years. Evans told Italy’s sports daily Gazzetta Dello Sport that he plans to race the Giro as well as two other events by RCS Sports; the Monte Paschi Eroica on March 6th and the Tirreno-Adriatico from March 10th to 16th. The 2010 Giro will begin Rotterdam in the Netherlands on May 8th, and will finish on May 30th in Verona, Italy. Evans will be joined at the Giro by his BMC teammate Alessandro Ballan. Angelo Zomegnan, the Giro’s director, is glad that BMC decided to send both riders to the race. “It’s a proud moment for all of us at RCS,” he says.

Via Velo News….

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