24 Jan 2014

Evans takes lead in Tour Down Under

11:16 am on 24 January 2014

The Australian cyclist Cadel Evans has snatched the overall leader's jersey from compatriot Simon Gerrans with a solo victory in stage three of the Tour Down Under in South Australia.

The 2011 Tour de France champion's stunning ascent of the 2.4 kilometre Corkscrew Hill followed by a late surge towards the end of the 145-kilometre stage put him 12 seconds ahead of Orica-GreenEdge rider Gerrans with three stages left.

Compatriot Nathan Haas of Garmin Sharp finished second to move up to fourth overall, behind Italian Diego Ulissi.

Gerrans finished the stage in fifth.