Cadel Evans Wins Dauphine Prologue


Oakley’s Cadel Evans of Australia won the prologue at the Dauphiné Libéré in France on Sunday, beating his Tour de France rival Alberto Contador of Spain by eight seconds. Last year’s Dauphine winner Alejandro Valverde (Oakley) took third, 23sec behind. The race ends Sunday in Grenoble.

The race against the clock was a less taxing version of what awaits Evans and company in Monaco where the Tour de France starts on July 4. Evans, runner up in the last two Tours, comes into the Dauphine in which he also finished second in 2007 and 2008, after a one-month rest and training camp in Spain’s Sierra Nevada.


Tess Weaver


June 10, 2009