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Cadel Evans' Giro d'Italia Diary 2002

Stages 11-14: Stretching the legs

May 27, 2002

Cyclingnews caught up with Cadel Evans at his Mapei-Quick Step team hotel on rest day at the Giro. Although tired from the long drive last night from Ancona to Padua in Sunday beach traffic, Cadel was his usual upbeat self as we spoke to him for his CN diary.

Cyclingnews: What's up today, Cadel?

Cadel Evans
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Cadel Evans: Oh we're just going for a quick ride to stretch the legs...I moved up yesterday on gc so I'm really happy with that. Hamilton took time from me but he and Gontchar are TT specialists and I'm not. So we'll see what comes along in the Dolomiti and then the final TT which will be crucial.

CN: Have you ever ridden any of the Dolomiti climbs like Passo Pordoi?

CE: No, I've never trained or raced up there - I have ridden the final TT course. But that's a familiar feeling for me to ride in unfamiliar territory. This season I've only raced on one course I knew (Giro stage 5 / Fossano-Limone Piemonte) plus we trained on Liege. So I am used to not knowing the courses.

CN: What is your Mapei diesse Roberto Damiani telling you in the earphone?

CE: He lets us know who is in the breaks, what the race situation is, who the dangerous riders are...in the TT yesterday he had been going around with the other riders already so he let me know where the dangerous corners were and gave me time checks.

CN: Does he speak English?

CE: No, Italian! At first I was speaking French on (Mapei) but I didn't have much choice so my Italian has gotten pretty good.

CN: Have you heard much from back home in Australia during the Giro?

CE: Actually I've not had much contact at all, save for a few friends. It's been very quiet for me, in contrast to other big events. My mom and grandmother are coming today so I am really looking forward to that!

CN: Your former MTB teammate Sauser (Volvo-Cannondale) won the World Cup yesterday in Houffalaize. Any nostalgia there for you?

CE: No, I'm very happy and content where I am. I like the way we work together at Mapei. My objectives fit their objectives and that's very important.

CN: With bad weather forecast for then mountain stages, what are you thinking?

CE: Well I suffer a bit from the cold, but I've had so much practice racing in bad weather this year that I'm used to it...I'm just going to focus on the race.

CN will update Cadel's Diary during the crucial mountain stages in the next few days.

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