Cadel Evans' season comes good in spectacular style as the Aussie wins the rainbow jersey...

A disappointing season ended on a superb high note for Cadel Evans in Switzerland today, when the Australian powered away from the rest of the day's decisive break at the foot of the final climb of an exhausting 262-kilometre ride to become the first ever Australian to take the world title and the 2009 season on a high by claiming the rainbow jersey.

The win has a double significance for the 32-year-old Silence-Lotto rider, who lives in this very part of Switzerland with his Italian wife, Chiara, during the European season, and who will now defend his title next year in Geelong, his home town back in Australia.

The Russian Alexandr Kolobnev, runner-up in Stuttgart two years ago, was second and Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain third. Home favourite Fabian Cancellara finished fifth just behind OLympic Champion Samuel Sanchez as they closed on Kolobnev and Rodriguez. It was Cancellara who instigated the final dramatic moves of the day, forcing the pace to chase down Alexander Vinokourov on the final lap and relentlessly attacking the rest of the leading group. At one point he looked to have ridden them off his wheel, but the three Spanish riders in the break, Sanchez, Valverde and Rodriguez, in particular refused to be shaken off.

At the bottom of the penultimate descent the group were all back together sweeping through a section of dual carriageway on the outside lanes when Rodriguez spotted a gap in the central reservation and nipped through to instantly give himself a lead on the other – the only rider to follow him was Evans and Kolobnev soon bridged across too, leaving Cancellara and the rest gapped. With 4Km to go Evans went for it and the others could not respond.

Top British finisher was Steve Cummins in 52nd place with Roger Hammond coming in another 40 places back on him. The rest of the British team failed to complete the course, with team leader David Millar abandoning two laps from the end, presumably suffering the effects of a crash in the early stages of the race.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.


demoff [327 posts] 8 years ago

What a great attack and brilliant ride to the finish. Cannot accuse him of wheelsucking today.

Never thought I would be cheering Cadel on think my Missus thought I really had lost the plot.

James Warrener [1086 posts] 8 years ago

Ditto, I was screaming at him in the last 2k's.

DaSy [794 posts] 8 years ago

Yeah, no doubt, full respect to Cadel for an awesome ride.

He has always been good at dishing the hurt on himself, but he was really in a special world of pain for the last 3 km.

To be fair, he deserves a good result for once.

ctznsmith [92 posts] 8 years ago

I couldn't believe it when Rodriguez went through that gap, my first thought was that he was braking some rule because no one seemed to follow him. Fair play to Evans his finish was so strong and credit to Cancellara for making the final stages exciting.

Blackhound [461 posts] 8 years ago

Another shouting Evans on here

My mate works for the company (owner of Silence brand)that sponsors Cadel. He was busy working in a power point presentation to take to Belgium tomorrow and missed the race!

He didn't know until I texted him this morning.