Adam Blythe and Taylor Phinney riding in support of Cadel Evans at Giro d'Italia

Taylor Phinney collects bottles, Giro d'Italia 2013

Cadel Evans has emerged as a genuine maglia rosa contender at the Giro d'Italia with younger teammates in Taylor Phinney and Britain's Adam Blythe learning quickly how to support the Australian and his grand ambitions.

Evans and current pink jersey Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) have emerged as the two men to beat after the first summit finish yesterday that Rigoberto Uran won giving Sky an alternative leadership option outside of Bradley Wiggins.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.