Australian Cadel Evans won the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race following Tuesday’s final stage, a 9.3km time-trial around San Benedetto del Tronto, won by Swiss Fabian Cancellara. Having taken the overall race lead on Sunday and consolidated it with victory on Monday, Evans was in a strong position coming into the final time-trial. However the BMC team leader, a former two-time runner-up in the Tour de France, took plenty of risks early on, coming close to potential disaster on several tight bends.
In the end the Australian, who only kicked his season off two weeks ago, did enough to finish 11-seconds ahead of Dutchman Robert Gesink of Rabobank, who leapfrogged Italian Michele Scarponi into second place. Despite the comparatively short distance, no one could touch world and Olympic time-trial champion Cancellara, whose time of 10min 33sec left the rest trailing in the Leopard-Trek rider’s wake. Dutchman Lars Boom, also of Rabobank, took second on the stage, nine seconds back, with Italy’s Adriano Malori third at 18 seconds.
Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 7: San Benedetto del Tronto 9.3km
1. Fabian Cancellara (SUI/Leopard Trek) 10:33
2. Lars Boom (NED/Rabobank) @ .09
3. Adriano Malori (ITA/Lampre) @. 18
4. Rick Flens (NED/Rabobank) @ .20
5. Bert Grabsch (GER/HTC-Highroad) @ .22
Final General Classification
1. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 27:37:37
2. Robert Gesink (NED/Rabobank) @ .11
3. Michele Scarponi (ITA/Lampre) @ .15
4. Ivan Basso (ITA/Liquigas) @ .24
5. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/Liquigas) @ .30