March 25, 2012 – Australia’s Cadel Evans clinched victory in the Criterium International for the first time after France’s Pierrick Fedrigo won the third and final stage here on Sunday.
Evans, who won last year’s Tour de France, preserved his lead in the overall standings by finishing in fourth place in the climb up the Col de l’Ospedale near Porto-Vecchio on the French island of Corsica.
Fedrigo, who won the event in 2010, finished ahead of Italy’s Rinaldo Nocentini and Lars-Petter Nordhaug of Norway.
Result of the third and final stage of the Criterium International on Sunday, a 179km ride from Porto-Vecchio to the Col de l’Ospedale:
1. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA/FDJ) 4hr 52min 34sec
2. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/ALM) same time
3. Lars-Petter Nordhaug (NOR/SKY) s.t.
4. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) s.t.
5. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA/SAU) at 08sec
6. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA/GRM) 08
7. Igor Anton (ESP/EUS) 08
8. Michael Rogers (AUS/SKY) 08
9. Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 20
10. Hubert Dupont (FRA/ALM) 21
Final overall standings:
1. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 7hr 03min 43sec
2. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA/FDJ) at 08sec
3. Michael Rogers (AUS/SKY) 08
4. Lars-Petter Nordhaug (NOR/SKY) 09
5. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/ALM) 09
6. Maxime Monfort (BEL/RSH) 23
7. Igor Anton (ESP/EUS) 38
8. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE/SKY) 42
9. Hubert Dupont (FRA/ALM) 47
10. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 1:11