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Cadel Evans wins Criterium International race

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COL DE L'OSPEDALE, France (AP)

Tour de France champion Cadel Evans won the Criterium International after finishing Sunday's third and final stage in fourth place.

The 35-year-old Australian, who took the yellow jersey on Saturday after winning the time trial, held on comfortably in the day's final climb up to Col de l'Ospedale.

''Yesterday was a good indication, I was confident,'' Evans said. ''It worked out very well today. In the last few kilometers I could hold off the attacks and take the yellow jersey home.''

French rider Pierrick Fedrigo won the stage in a closely contested sprint from Rinaldo Nocentini of Italy and Lars-Peter Nordhaug of Norway to finish second overall, eight seconds behind Evans. The top four in the stage were timed at 4 hours, 52 minutes and 34 seconds.

Michael Rogers, who was in second place overnight, placed third overall after finishing the undulating 111-mile Corsican trek from Porto Vecchio to Col de l'Ospedale in eighth.

Evans said his form is starting to come together and hopes to peak in time to defend his Tour title in July.

''I'm a racer, I love to race and this is my job. It's my life, sometimes things go well and it all comes together,'' Evans said. ''It's a good indication (for the Tour) but there are still big races to come.''

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