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Cadel Evans wins Giro del Trentino

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Cadel Evans controlled the final stage of the Giro del Trentino to hold on to the pink jersey and place first in the overall classification.

Evans became the first Australian to win the event, which is known as one of the main lead up races to the Giro d'Italia.

The veteran cyclist finished 41 seconds behind the stage winner Mikel Landa but crucially finished ahead of his main rivals meaning he held on to the pink jersey.

The 2011 Tour de France winner ended the Giro del Trentino 50 seconds ahead of second placed Domenico Pozzovivo and Evans admits with the lead he had going into the last stage it wasn't up to him to win the final stage.

Evans said, according to Cycling News: "I had to watch Pozzovivo most of all because he was second overall and was a threat. I had 45 seconds which was pretty good and he probably had a hope of doing well, but it didn’t happen.

"Astana did a good job on the climb and had a numerical advantage, but it all came down to the legs you had and so I was able to control things.

"We've already won two stages and so when Landa went away, it was not up to us to go after him. I stayed calm and kept things under control.

"If we'd had the opportunity to win another stage, we'd have tried but we raced with overall victory as the priority."

Evans controlled the final stage which included the 19km climb of Monte Bondone and with the success of this event the Cadel Evans of old seems to be back and firing on all cylinders.

The 37 year old also believes he is returning to his normal self after having a period of instability but thinks he will have to improve if he is going to win the Giro d'Italia.

Evans said: "Above all in 2014 I wanted to return to my normal level. Since 2012 I've had an up and down period with the virus I had in 2012 and which I paid for in 2013.

"Things are returning back to normal and it's satisfying to get results after doing the work. It hasn't been satisfying to do work and get a quarter of the results.

"In the Giro there are more days of racing, more uphill days and a stronger field, I'll have to be better to win the Giro. But I've got margin to improve and so I'll work towards that."

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