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Mountain biker Evans wins Tour of Austria

Australian Cadel Evans might have a future on the road. Volvo-Cannondale’s star of the World Cup mountain-bike circuit completed a surprising win at the Tour of Austria stage race Sunday. The 24-year-old Evans, riding for Saeco, took the lead in the fourth stage, which finished atop the Kitzbuhl Horn. The lanky Aussie made a solo attack to win that 154km stage by 25 seconds. Mapei rider Daniele Nardello won Sunday’s seventh and final stage, but Evans maintained his overall lead to take the win with a 47-second margin over Austrian Hans Peter Obwaller. Another mountain-bike racer, Italian

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By VeloNews Interactive , Copyright AFP 2001

Australian Cadel Evans might have a future on the road. Volvo-Cannondale’s star of the World Cup mountain-bike circuit completed a surprising win at the Tour of Austria stage race Sunday. The 24-year-old Evans, riding for Saeco, took the lead in the fourth stage, which finished atop the Kitzbuhl Horn. The lanky Aussie made a solo attack to win that 154km stage by 25 seconds.

Mapei rider Daniele Nardello won Sunday’s seventh and final stage, but Evans maintained his overall lead to take the win with a 47-second margin over Austrian Hans Peter Obwaller. Another mountain-bike racer, Italian Dario Cioni, finished fifth.

Results

TOUR OF AUSTRIA, Austria. June 9-16.

Stage 7

1. Daniele Nardello (I), Mapei, 133km in 2:58:16 (avg. 44.76 kph); 2. Gerrit Glomser (A); 3. Franco Pellizotti (I), s.t.; 4. Martin Derganc (Slo), at 04; 5. Arno Kaspret (A), at 0:14.

General Classification

1. Cadel Evans (Aus), Saeco, 23:13:22.; 2. Hans Peter Obwaller (A), at 0:47; 3. Paolo Tiralongo (I), at 1:22; 4. Thomas Muehlbacher (A), at 1:49; 5. Dario Cioni (I), at 1:57.