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Evans wins Criterium race

2012-03-25 16:48

Col de l'Ospedale - Tour de France champion Cadel Evans won the Criterium International after finishing Sunday's third and final stage in fourth place.

The 35-year-old Australian held on comfortably in the day's final climb up to Col de l'Ospedale.

French rider Pierrick Fedrigo won the stage in a closely contested sprint from Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy and Lars-Peter Nordhaug of Norway to finish second overall, eight seconds adrift of Evans.

Michael Rogers, who was in second place overnight, placed third overall after finishing the undulating 179km Corsican trek from Porto Vecchio to Col de l'Ospedale in eighth spot.

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

AFP