Giro del Trentino: Cadel Evans moves into lead as Edoardo Zardini claims second stage
Cadel Evans captured the race lead at the Giro del Trentino following the first of three summit finishes.
Last Updated: 23/04/14 1:54pm
The Australian (BMC Racing) was able to kick onwards on the San Giacomo di Brentonico climb to put time into a number of rivals, finishing in an elite group, 19 seconds behind a surprise breakaway winner.
Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani-CSF) had jumped clear further down the 15-kilometre final climb and the young Italian quickly left behind his rivals and made his way to the summit, coming close to taking the race lead in the process.
Team Sky and Sir Bradley Wiggins had arrived on the front to drive the pace as overnight leader Daniel Oss (BMC Racing) began to fall into difficulties.
Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) dragged his way across to Evan's attack to claim second place on the day, with Fabio Duarte (Colombia) rounding out the podium on the 164.5km stage.
The end result saw Evans assume a nine-second lead, benefiting from his team's victory in Tuesday's team time trial which enabled him to hold off the charge of Zardini.
The first of three tough mountain stages greeted the peloton after an early start in Limone sul Garda on Wednesday.
It was until 30km in that the breakaway finally pushed clear, but when it did Leonardo Duque (Colombia), Adrian Honkisz (CCC Polsat) and Giorgio Cecchinel (Neri Sottoli) were afforded a grand advantage of almost nine minutes.
That wouldn't last and as the terrain began to increase in difficulty the gap came down, BMC Racing and Astana making their presence felt on the front of the peloton.
As the race hit the final climb, what had been sunny weather turned to rain and the attacks began, putting pressure on a thinning peloton behind. Zardini picked his moment, attacking with 10km to go and almost riding himself into the race lead with two days to go.