Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Road

Evans wins final time trial to take Romandie title

Cadel Evans of Australia snatched victory at the 60th edition of the Tour de Romandie on Sunday, decisively winning the time trial that concluded the Swiss stage race and putting an exclamation mark on the statement his Davitamon-Lotto team made here this week. With his 22-second margin on the 20.4km course, Evans leapfrogged over the two Spaniards who preceded him in the standings at the start of the day. Those two men, Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears), finished second and third on general classification. "This morning I woke up

Don't miss a moment from Paris-Roubaix and Unbound Gravel, to the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España, and everything in between when you join Outside+.

By Nathaniel Vinton, Special to VeloNews

Evans blazes the final time trial to take the overall

Evans blazes the final time trial to take the overall

Photo: AFP

Cadel Evans of Australia snatched victory at the 60th edition of the Tour de Romandie on Sunday, decisively winning the time trial that concluded the Swiss stage race and putting an exclamation mark on the statement his Davitamon-Lotto team made here this week. With his 22-second margin on the 20.4km course, Evans leapfrogged over the two Spaniards who preceded him in the standings at the start of the day. Those two men, Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) and Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears), finished second and third on general classification.

“This morning I woke up relaxed and calm,” said Evans after the race. “The pressure was not on me to win, it was on the others to lose. The course was perfect to me. Although the hills weren’t big, I’ve been climbing well and I also enjoy the time-trial discipline.”

It was sunny and cool in Lausanne, a well-heeled city that climbs a steep hillside rising up from Lake Geneva. The reserved Swiss lined the shady cobblestone alleyways that make up the town’s center to politely cheer for 120 riders who looped out from the Olympic stadium, alongside the shimmering lake, and back.

Evans turned in a final time of 26 minutes, 19.87 seconds. The day’s runner-up was Leif Hoste of Discovery Channel (22 seconds back). American Bobby Julich (CSC) was third, 38 seconds behind Evans.

Valverde’s one-minute shortfall on Sunday (he finished 14th) meant the end to an improbable ProTour victory streak. He came into the six-day event having won the Flèche Wallonne on April 19 and Liège-Bastogne-Liège on April 23, and then won Saturday’s climbing stage at Sion.

But the 26-year-old sensation raised his ProTour point total to 178, easily outdistancing the 129 points collected by next-best Tom Boonen of Quick Step-Innergetic. Evans is the third Davitamon-Lotto stage winner of the week, following in the steps of Aussie Robbie McEwen and American Chris Horner, who won stages two and three, respectively.

Julich had a good TT, taking third on the day

Julich had a good TT, taking third on the day

Photo: Graham Watson

McEwen sat out Sunday’s time trial, and will spend the week resting and working on sprint-specific drills, while Horner is planning to head home to see his three children in Oregon.

“The racing and all the efforts are starting to catch up,” said Horner, who said he’d put a lot of effort into the Tour of California, Paris-Nice and the classics he raced.

After those latter races, the Belgian team came to Switzerland with something to prove. They were focused on countering the stinging criticism in the Belgian press after they underperformed in that country, said team manager Hendrik Redant.

Evans celebrates his last-minute victory

Evans celebrates his last-minute victory

Photo: Graham Watson

“They said, ‘You put a team together for the classics and you can’t win them,'” said Redant. “So we put on the throttle for this race.” For Evans it was a bit of vindication after eye problems inhibited him in previous races this spring.

“I think it was a migraine-related thing,” he said, regarding the blurry vision that would afflict him mid-race. “A bit annoying during the race. No pain, but I couldn’t see very well. It was hard to go fast. That’s all we know at this point.”

Jan Ullrich of T-Mobile continued his painful journey back to good form, having missed all competition until this week as he struggled to overcome an irritated knee. He finished two and half minutes out.

“I think 1997 and 2003 it was maybe a little bit better than now,” said Rudy Pevenage, Ullrich’s coach. “But with the Giro we can make good work and he’ll be in good health and I’m sure he can make a good Tour de France.”Pevenage named Ivan Basso (CSC) and Yaroslav Popovich (Discovery Channel) as two riders he thought would pose the biggest challenge to Ullrich at this year’s Tour de France.

Bradley McGee of Française des Jeux has suffered in Romandie as well, having overtaxed his legs in the opening prologue and felt severe pain ever since, he said.

“It was that funny position on the time-trial bike,” he said. “I tweaked a few muscles that have been lying dormant.”

After this he plans to spend the week resting – massage, eating and sleep – and then enter the Giro d’Italia, where he’s especially keen to attack the prologue.

Stage
1. Cadel Evans (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto, 20.4km in 26:19.87 (46.485 Km/H)
2. Leif Hoste (B), Discovery Channel, at 0:22
3. Bobby Julich (USA), CSC, at 0:38
4. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Liberty Seguros, at 0:44
5. Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) T-Mobile, at 0:49
6. Jörg Jaksche (G), Liberty Seguros, at 0:50
7. Alberto Contador (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 0:51
8. Christophe Moreau (F), Ag2r, same time
9. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (B), Discovery Channel, at 0:53
10. Dario Cioni (I), Liquigas, s.t.

Final overall
1. Cadel Evans (Aus), Davitamon-Lotto, 656.3km in 16:43:08 (39.250 Km/H)
2. Alberto Contador (Sp), Liberty Seguros, at 0:27
3. Alejandro Valverde (Sp), Caisse d’Epargne, at 0:44
4. Jörg Jaksche (G), Liberty Seguros, at 0:54
5. Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Liberty Seguros, at 1:24
6. Dario Cioni (I), Liquigas, at 1:46
7. Chris Horner (USA), Davitamon-Lotto, at 1:50
8. Alexandre Moos (Swi), Phonak, at 1:51
9. Sergio Ghisalberti (I), Milram, at 1:55
10. Sylvester Szmyd (Pol), Lampre, at 2:21

Complete results

Photo Gallery