Evans Wins Giro del Trentino
#Trentino14 @BMCProTeam's Cadel Evans has won Giro del Trentino 2014 - his first overall victory in a stage race since 2012.
Today's fourth and final stage of the race was won by Team Astana's Mikel Landa who soloed to victory. Overall race winner Evans was fifth to reach the summit finish on Monte Bondone at the end of the 174 kilometer stage. Landa crossed the finish line 10 seconds ahead of Louis Meintjes (MTN-Qhubeka) and 35 seconds in front of Franco Pelizzotti (Androni Giocattoli).
Arriving in a trio 41 seconds behind Landa, Evans's margin of victory in the final standings was 50 seconds over 2012 Giro del Trentino winner Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale - Focus Bikes) and 1:01 minutes better than Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) in third.
Evans now has his eyes set on the 2014 Giro d'Italia - a race in which he will be the sole leader for his BMC Racing Team.
"In terms of racing, it was an enjoyable week," Evans told Roadcycling.com after being celebrated on the podium. "To have a good result is always promising toward the Giro d'Italia and what we are all about."
Evans was quick to praise the work of his teammates who supported him in the race. "It was nice to see the team blend together and ride strongly this week. I know we have been a little bit fragmented in some of the previous races. But everyone came together and really put in everything for the team here, which was nice to see. For that part, I really feel it was a team victory."
Evans's victory in Giro del Trentino was his first in a multi-day race since winning the two-day, three-stage Critérium International in March of 2012.
Sport Director Fabio Baldato, who took to the podium to hoist the "fair play" trophy awarded to the BMC Racing Team, said the team performed beyond his expectations in the Trentino race.
"I am really happy because at this point in the season, two weeks before the start of this year's Giro d'Italia, we were hoping to be at this point," Baldato explained and continued "Cadel is really strong and the team is ready too. We are seeing great team spirit and the teamwork was perfect. Thanks to that, we obtained a great result."
Evans's path to victory started when the BMC Racing Team won Tuesday's opening-stage team time trial in powerful and dominant fashion. Evans took the fuchsia-colored leader's jersey from teammate Daniel Oss the next day with a fourth-place finish. Evans' stage win on Thursday increased his lead to 45 seconds and was his first victory in Europe since winning Stage 1 of the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné.