Tirreno – Adriatico
Cadel Evans seemed to know what he was doing, or so he seemed to be telling us. Evans won the sixth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico in the steep narrow streets of XXXXX. As he crossed the line he pointed to his head as if to say, “You went to early Mate, I knew what I was doing.” After repeated attacks by nearly every team in the lead group, HTC, Euskaltel, Movistar, Radioshack, the leaders started launched the heavy blows.
Cunego launched and exploded. Then is was Scarponi followed by Nibali. Then it was Visconti. But, Evans matched them all and when it came to the final short uphill stretch, cadel powered away like it was nothing. Second over the line was Visconti, third Scarponi.
Stage Six Top Three
1. Cadel Evans (BMC)________5h’?
2. Giovanni Visconti (ISD)_____s.t.
3. Michele Scarponi (Lampre)__+0:01
Tirreno-Adriatico Overall Classifiation
1. Cadel Evans (BMC)_________
2. Michele Scarpoini (Lampre)__+0:09″
3. Ivan Basso (Liquigas)_______+0:12″
I put the video up yesterday of the last 12km so that anyone who didn’t know the results could watch it, but by now everyone should know that Tony Martin walked away with the victory at Paris-Nice. Also a great race by Thomas Voeckler who got two stage victories including the final on stage eight. It was a great race, but I can’t help but wonder if organizers will think again about the TT inclusion, or at least it’s length as it seemed to be the stage that mattered. The podium of Martin, Kloden and Wiggins all seemed to be there on the strength of the Time Trial stage alone. Anyway, that isn’t to take away from Tony Martin who was great in the mountains and the terrible weather, and Kloden as well, who bagged the fifth stage, it just made from some insurmountable time gaps in the hills and a less than exciting finish, not matter how much Sammy Sanchez tried to attack. Congrats to Martin regardless, he didn’t design the course, but he won it nonetheless.
1. Tony Martin (HTC)__________34h 03′ 37″
2. Andreas Kloden (Radioshack)__+0:36″
3. Bradley Wiggins (Sky)________+0:41″