Cycling: Evans lands Tour de Romandie title

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Cadel Evans completed his second career victory in the Tour de Romandie yesterday, but Britain's Ben Swift won the final stage.

Evans finished safely in the main group at the end of a 164.6-kilometre ride from Champagne to Geneva to retain his 18-second overall lead. The 34-year-old Australian, from Swiss-American team BMC Racing, also won the six-day race in 2006.

"It's almost my home-away-from-home race," said Evans, who lives in Switzerland, near its border with Italy. "It's a race that suits me well with a time trial and harder mountain stages."

Swift sprinted to the stage win for Team Sky in 3 hr, 50 min 51 sec, edging Oscar Freire of Spain into second. Davide Vigano of Italy was third.

"My team did an absolutely brilliant job until the end. I couldn't ask for anything more," said Swift, who got his fourth stage win of the season. Evans kept his overall lead from runner-up Tony Martin.