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The BMC Racing Team rode with all six riders for nearly the entire 53.2 kilometers. (©Sirotti.)
The BMC Racing Team rode with all six riders for nearly the entire 53.2 kilometers. (©Sirotti.)

BMC Racing Team Second In World Team Time Trial

16. September 2012

The BMC Racing Team rode to a silver medal performance in Sunday's world team time trial, conceding the gold to Omega Pharma-Quick Step by 3.23 seconds in the 53.2-kilometer race against the clock.

Cauberg Climb The Difference

On board their BMC timemachine TM01s, the team of Alessandro Ballan, Philippe Gilbert, Taylor Phinney, Marco Pinotti, Manuel Quinziato and Tejay van Garderen was together at the base of the final climb. But near the top of the Cauberg, the 5.8 percent gradient of the 1.2 km climb took its toll. "I knew when I looked back that I was the fourth rider and I was going to have to dig as deep as possible and limit our losses," Phinney said. "I slowed the team down a little bit over the top but in this situation you have to accept how painful it's going to be and then push through it and hope the finish line comes quickly." The minimum four riders (Ballan, Gilbert, Phinney and van Garderen) came to the finish line together to stop the clock at one hour, three minutes and 20 seconds. "This hurts a little bit, especially since it's a world championship," BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said. "It was something we prepared well for obviously, with the results you saw. But it's a good start to the week for the team. So we have a lot more to look forward to."

Listen to comments from Gilbert (French) and the entirety of the post-race press conference (English) on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine: