With less than a month to go before the Tour, Silence-Lotto?s Cadel Evans says that his victory in the opening time trial of the Dauphine Libere was ?a nice surprise.?

?My main objective is the Tour de France,? Evans commented, ?and my form is getting better and better. Today?s result, even if I made a couple of small mistakes, is the proof of that.?

In a clear statement of intent, Evans said that he had asked the team to bring the strongest squad possible to the Dauphine Libere, a race in which he finished second last year.

?It?s possible I?ll go for the win, but we?ll have to see how things work out in the long time trial and on the mountainous stages that follow.?

?This has proved my decision to rest after the Tour of Romandie was the right one.?

?It was good to beat [Alberto] Contador by eight seconds, but both of us will finally be judged in July.?

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