Evans: Hushovd favourite for Milan-San Remo

Tirreno-Adriatico winner to watch La Classicissima on television

Cadel Evans has pointed to Garmin-Cervélo's Thor Hushovd as his greatest favourite for Saturday's Milan-San Remo race. The winner of this year's Tirreno-Adriatico is back in his Italian home and will watch the event on television before travelling to Spain for the Volta a Catalunya, starting Monday March 21.

"From what I've seen in Tirreno, Cancellara is in form but he will be a very marked man and I can't see him finishing it off solo," Evans told L'Equipe when asked who his favourite rider for the Classicissima was. "There are too many good sprinters in the bunch. Their teams will be allies to block the race on the Poggio. My favourite? Thor Hushovd. In Tirreno, he worked for Farrar and I've never seen him as strong. He'll be hard to beat."

Hushovd has finished twice on the podium in San Remo, in 2005 and 2009. Garmin-Cervélo will have three potential winners at the event with Hushovd, Tyler Farrar and Heinrich Haussler all in good form.

Evans refused to list more candidates for the victory, but it was clear that his teammate Alessandro Ballan could also aim at success in the Italian Primavera race. Ballan finished second in the Montepaschi Strade Bianche a few weeks ago and seems to have overcome the difficulties that held him back during the last two seasons.

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