Cadel Evans breaks the Spanish dominance at the top of the Tour of Romandy leaderboard by taking the
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Davitamon-Lotto came into this week’s Tour of Romandy desperate for a change of luck and some success after a poor spring campaign. Stage wins by Robbie McEwen and Chris Horner early in the race signalled a change for the better, but the best was still to come in Sunday’s final time trial as Cadel Evans claimed what is the most significant victory of his road career, not only winning the concluding 20km Lausanne TT but also wrapping up overall victory in this latest ProTour event.
The Australian who lives in Switzerland came into this Swiss race with his own form affected by what was initially an unknown health problem. Medical checks eventually revealed he’d been suffering with a migraine during last week’s Ardennes Classics, and since the diagnosis Evans’ form has rebounded so that he has spent most of this week mixing it with the likes of Contador and Alejandro Valverde.
Still, even though he’s renowned for his time trialling set-up and potential, few were expecting the Australian to get the better of the high-flying Liberty Seguros team or Valverde. But Evans put them all in the shade, going off second from last and cruising to victory with 22 seconds to spare over Discovery Channel’s Leif Hoste. Contador finished 51 seconds down in seventh place, a gap enough to give Evans victory by 27 seconds overall. Valverde finished even further back and slipped to third.
Jan Ullrich, who started the stage placed just six positions from the bottom of the classification, finished 2-28 down on former team-mate Evans and clearly needs a lot more racing if he is to be ready for the start of the Tour de France in two months.
Stage 5, Lausanne time trial
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 20.4km in 26.19
2 Leif Hoste (Bel) Discovery Channel 0.22
3 Bobby Julich (USA) CSC 0.38
4 Andrei Kashechkin (Kaz) Liberty Seguros 0.44
5 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr) T-Mobile 0.49
6 Jrg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros 0.50
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.51
8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Ag2r
9 Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel) Discovery Channel 0.53
10 Dario Cioni (Ita) Liquigas
Final overall standings
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 16.43.08
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.27
3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne 0.44
4 Jrg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros
5 Andrei Kashechkin (Kaz) Liberty Seguros
6 Dario Cioni (Ita) Liquigas 1.46
7 Chris Horner (USA) Davitamon-Lotto 1.50
8 Alexandre Moos (Swi) Phonak 1.51
9 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita) Milram 1.55
10 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre 2.21