Cadel Evans, the reigning Tour de France champion, is enjoying a little success in his warm-up for the epic three week marathon, currently sitting second Criterium du Dauphine, also in France.
The 64th Criterium du Dauphine is a seven stage, seven day event that covers just over 1000 km of the Rhone-Alpes. Evans trails race leader Britain’s Bradley Wiggins by a second after finishing seventh in the second stage of the tour.
Spaniard Dani Moreno won the 160km uphill stage while Frenchies Julien Simon and Tony Gallopin were second and third respectively.
Cadel won Monday’s stage one by edging out rival Wiggins in a sprint finish in the final four kilometers of the race.
Evans talked to the media prior to the Monday start where he discussed the upcoming Tour de France.
Evans called his first yellow jersey win in 2011 a very significant moment and something he’d like to follow up.
When asked if he’d changed since winning the world’s most prestigious cycling event, Evans replied, “I still live in the same house, I still have the same wife, I have the same lifestyle and I still have the same attitude to training.
Coming twice two years in a row… it has confirmed a belief in me… It’s a slightly less difficult task I think.”
The 20 stage Tour kicks off on the 30th of June and covers just under 3,500 kilometers.