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Cycling: Evans takes control at Tour Down Under

Former Tour de France winner Cadel Evans seized control of the Tour Down Under with a dominant win in the third stage from Norwood to Campbelltown in South Australia on Thursday. Evans, 37, also took the overall lead in the season-opening UCI World Tour race when he powered away from the pack on the notorious Corkscrew Road Hill, then held on over the last five kilometres (three miles) to win by 15 seconds. Second place went to Australia's Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) with Italian Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida) in third.

Cycling: Evans 'unlikely' to ride 2014 Tour de France

Former Tour de France champion Cadel Evans said he is unlikely to compete at the 2014 edition of the race as he concentrates on targetting a win in the Giro d'Italia. "It's unlikely that I'll start the Tour de France," Evans told AFP Monday following the presentation of the three-week Italian epic, which begins on May 9 in Belfast and ends on June 1 in the Trieste region of Italy. Evans, who was among the Tour de France's oldest champions when he won the fabled yellow jersey at the age of 34 in 2011, produced an impressive performance in this year's Giro d'Italia.

Cycling: Evans happy to be out of the limelight

Australia's Cadel Evans said on Friday that he was happy being out of the limelight as he comes into this year's Tour de France looking to win the race for the second time in three years. The 36-year-old won the yellow jersey in 2011 before struggles with a virus prevented him from mounting a challenge to Britain's Bradley Wiggins a year ago. Wiggins is missing from the 100th edition of the sport's most famous race, while Giro d'Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali is also absent.

Cycling: Evans, the Tour veteran with a fighting chance

BMC team leader Cadel Evans will line up at the Tour de France on Saturday with a chance of becoming the oldest winner of the world's biggest bike race. But after his under-par performance in a 2012 edition won by Bradley Wiggins, the 2011 champion will leave historical anecdotes to the side as he prepares to upset the victory plans of favourites Chris Froome and Alberto Contador. The race route might change every year, but for 36-year-old Evans the keys to success remain the same.

Cycling: Evans gets familar faces to help regain title

Australia's Cadel Evans will have six of the team that helped him win the 2011 Tour de France alongside him when he tries to regain his crown when the race starts next Saturday in Corsica. The 36-year-old Australian - who had a woeful time defending his title last year but showed a return to form when third in the Giro d'Italia earlier this season - will also have world road race champion Philippe Gilbert and highly-rated American Tejay Van Garderen in a powerful looking BMC team. "I am happy to have so many of the old team together for this challenge," said Evans.

Defiant Evans confident he can rekindle former glory

By Julien Pretot PORTO VECCHIO, France (Reuters) - Cadel Evans may seem to be past his prime after a mediocre season last year but the Australian still believes he can win another Tour de France despite Team Sky's domination. Evans, the first Australian to win the Tour in 2011, could not repeat the feat in 2012 when he finished seventh overall behind BMC team mate and U.S. prospect Tejay van Garderen, who took fifth place.
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