Cadel Evans preparing for Tours

FORMER Woolgoolga cyclist Cadel Evans continues to impress in the lead up to the Tour of Italy and Tour de France.

Four days after his breakthrough win in the Fleche-Wallonne race, the Australian narrowly missed out on the podium in the 258km Liege-Bastogne-Liege in Belgium, the last and oldest of the one-day spring classics.

Evans finished fifth after joining former team-mate Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde as they went after the successful two-man break away of winner Alexandre Vinokourov of Kazakhstan and Russian runner-up Alexandre Kolobnev.

He again had the satisfaction of finishing ahead of Tour de France champion Alberto Contador who was 10th.

“I was happy to get across to (Philippe) Gilbert and (Alejandro) Valverde without (Andy) Schleck and Alberto Contador,” said Evans, whose team BMC has been setback by last week’s crash injury to Karsten Kroon.

“It was a pity not to have enough numbers there at the end but we’ve had a bit of a rough run with the loss of Karsten.

“We did have a couple of young guys here, nearly all of them racing Liege for the first time, and I was really impressed with the way they rode sensibly and maturely.”



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