Former world champion Cadel Evans of BMC Racing today won the overall title in this year’s Tirreno Adriatico, keeping his rivals at bay during the final stage, a short individual time trial won in emphatic fashion by Fabian Cancellara of Leopard Trek.
The Swiss star, of course, has four rainbow jerseys to Evans’ one, all of them claimed in the individual time trial, but of course he with Philippe Gilbert one of the top classics specialists out there, wining both Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders in some style last year.
On Saturday, like Gilbert, Cancellara will be lining up at the start outside the Castello Sforzesco of the 102nd edition of Milan-San Remo, and the pair will be joined by many of those who competed in this week’s race from Italy’s Tyrrhenian coast to the Adriatic; the race has become established preparation for La Classicissima, and more often than not the Milan-San Remo winner will have competed in it.
With our 2011 Fantasy Cycling game starting on Saturday, it’s probably in your interests to cast your eyes over the form of some of the riders who have competed in the Tirreno-Adriatico over the past few days. The links folllowing the brief stage results below take you to the full results page on the Gazzetta dello Sport website.
And if you haven’t yet registered for the game, in which prizes from Evans Cycles are up for grabs, head over here and start putting your team together.
While each of the current riders to have won Milan-San Remo were competing in Italy over the past few days, including 2009 winner Mark Cavendish and current champion Oscar Freire, don’t forget that others such as Heinrich Haussler will have been talking part in Paris-Nice, so it’s worth checking those results too.
The final start list has not yet been released, although most of the teams competing – you can find a full list here, in the section of the Gazzetta dello Sport’s website dedicated to the race – will have announced their squads on their websites.
Look out for our full preview of the race tomorrow here on road.cc, together with expert tips on Milan-San Remo and Gent-Wevelgem by Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas, who will be acting as our resident expert pundit throughout the 2011 season to hopefully help you get the best out of your Fantasy Cycling team.
2011 Tirreno-Adriatico Final Overall Standings 1 Cadel Evans BMC Racing 27h 37m 27s 2 Robert Gesink Rabobank 11s 3 Michele Scarponi Lampre-ISD 15s 4 Ivan Basso Liquigas-Cannondale 24s 5 Vincenzo Nibali Liquigas-Cannondale 30s 6 Marco Pinotti HTC-Highroad 39s 7 Tiago Machado Team RadioShack 42s 8 Damiano Cunego Lampre-ISD 50s 9 Philippe Gilbert Omega Pharma-Lotto 1m 07s 10 Thomas Lovkvist Team Sky 1m 08s Stage 1: Team Time Trial, Marina di Carrara (16.8km) 1 Rabobank 18m 08s 2 Garmin-Cervelo 09s 3 HTC-Highroad 10s Stage 2: Carrara - Indicatore (202km) 1 Tyler Farrar Garmin-Cervelo 4h 56m 06s 2 Alessandro Petacchi Lampre-ISD st 3 Juan Jose Haedo Saxo Bank-SunGard st Stage 3: Terranova Bracciolini-Perugia (189km) 1 Juan Jose Haedo Saxo Bank-SunGard 4h 39m 45s 2 Tyler Farrar Garmin-Cervelo st 3 Daniel Oss Liquigas-Cannondale st Stage 4: Narni-Chieti (240km) 1 Michele Scarponi Lampre-ISD 6h 10m 59s 2 Damiano Cunego Lampre-ISD st 3 Cadel Evans BMC Racing st
Stage 5: Chieti-Castelraimondo (244km) 1 Philippe Gilbert Omega Pharma-Lotto 6h 43m 23s 2 Wouter Poels Vacansoleil-DCM st 3 Damiano Cunego Lampre-ISD st
Stage 6: Ussita-Macerata (182km) 1 Cadel Evans BMC Racing 4h 37m 58s 2 Giovanni Visconti Farnese Vini-Neri Sottili st 3 Michele Scarponi Lampre-ISD st
Stage 7: Individual Time Trial, San Benedetto del Tronto (9.3km) 1 Fabian Cancellara Leopard Trek 10m 33s 2 Lars Boom Rabobank 10m 42s 3 Adriano Malori Lampre-ISD 10m 52s
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