Adelaide - Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans seized control of the Tour
Down Under with a dominant win in the third stage from Norwood to
Campbelltown in South Australia on Thursday.
Evans, 37, also took
the overall lead in the season-opening UCI World Tour race when he
powered away from the pack on the notorious Corkscrew Road Hill, then
held on over the last 5km to win by 15
Second place went to Australia's Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) with Italian Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) in third.
Simon Gerrans, who took the ochre leader's jersey into Thursday's
stage, came in fifth and now trails Evans on general classification by
12 seconds. Ulissi is a further three seconds behind in third place
"It wasn't quite optimal but it was pretty good," Evans said of his ride.
"With the time bonuses available the race is still a long way from over, but today went almost perfectly."
whose BMC Racing team rode the Corkscrew Road Hill and descent seven
times in the lead-up to the race, said he had targeted this stage to
make his move.
"I had an idea of what we might have an opportunity to do and it's always might, if, maybe," Evans said.
"But in this sport when you have an opportunity you have to run with it. Right to the last 300 metres I wasn't sure if I had it.
"The stage win is of course great, but GC (general classification) is what we're really here for."
three stages remaining, Evans is now a firm favourite to hold on to the
ochre jersey until Sunday's final stage on the Adelaide street circuit.
former world champion stayed towards the front of the peloton as it
chased down a breakaway group of four riders at the approach to
He then countered several attacks on the climb but
waited until Team Sky's Richie Porte launched his bid before
responding, leaving Gerrans in his wake.
Evans stayed with Porte for 500 metres before making his move, powering away from the young Tasmanian as the summit approached.
tried to respond and caught Porte, but he could get no closer, and
Evans opened enough of a gap at the top to hold off the chasing pack,
which had caught Gerrans and Porte.
"Cadel obviously is absolutely flying," Porte said.
"I tried to go with him, but in the hairpins there he just rode away and there's not much you can do.
"It was a little disappointing, I thought I was in a bit better nick (shape)."
148.5-kilometre stage takes the riders from Unley in
inner-city Adelaide to the town of Victor Harbor on the Fleurieu
Peninsula.Results after the 145km third stage of the Tour
Down Under from Norwood to Campbelltown in South Australia on Thursday.
1. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC Racing) 3hr 34min 5sec
2. Nathan Haas (AUS/Garmin-Sharp) at 15 seconds
3. Diego Ulissi (ITA/Lampre-Merida) same time
4. Adam Hansen (AUS/Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
5. Simon Gerrans (AUS/Orica GreenEdge) s.t.
6. Rory Sutherland (AUS/Tinkoff-Saxo) s.t.
7. Brent Bookwalter (USA/BMC Racing) s.t.
8. Ben Hermans (BEL/BMC Racing) s.t
9. Daryl Impey (RSA/Orica GreenEdge) s.t
10. Robert Gesink (BEL/Belkin) s.t.
11. Richie Porte (AUS/Team Sky) s.t
13. Geraint Thomas (GBR/Team Sky) s.t.
29. Frank Schleck (LUX/Trek Factory Racing) +1.00
37. Javier Morena (ESP/Movistar) +1.43
97. Andre Greipel (GER/Lotto-Belisol) +6.55
1. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC Racing) 10hr 46min 39sec
2. Simon Gerrans (AUS/Orica GreenEdge) at 12 seconds
3. Diego Ulissi (ITA/Lampre-Merida) +15
4. Nathan Haas (AUS/Garmin-Sharp) +27
5. Robert Gesink (BEL/Belkin) +29
6. Geraint Thomas (GBR/Team Sky) s.t.
7. Daryl Impey (RSA/Orica GreenEdge) +33
8. Brent Bookwalter (USA/BMC Racing) s.t
9. Rory Sutherland (AUS/Tinkoff-Saxo) s.t
10. Ben Hermans (BEL/BMC Racing) s.t
11. Richie Porte (AUS/Team Sky) s.t
22. Frank Schleck (LUX/Trek Factory Racing) +1.18
34. Javier Moreno (ESP/Movistar) +1.52
69. Andre Greipel (GER/Lotto-Belisol) +7.03
King of the Mountain
1. Adam Hansen (AUS/Lotto-Belisol) 20 points
2. William Clarke (AUS/Drapac) 20 points
3. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC Racing) 16 points
1. Simon Gerrans (AUS/Orica GreenEdge) 42 points
2. Diego Ulissi (ITA/Lampre-Merida) 40 points
3. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC Racing) 35 points