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Cadel Evans fought his way to the finish through adverse weather conditions. (©Sirotti.)
Cadel Evans fought his way to the finish through adverse weather conditions. (©Sirotti.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 14: Evans Stays Second

18. May 2013

Cadel Evans maintained his second place overall on a cold, rainy – and sometimes snowy – stage of the Giro d'Italia Saturday. But the BMC Racing Team rider conceded 33 seconds to race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team), who was runner-up to stage winner Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia).

'A Really Hard Day'
Evans lost contact in the final kilometers of the mountain-top finish to finish sixth. Nibali earned a 12-second time bonus to increase his overall lead to 1:26 on Evans and 2:46 on third-placed Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling), who is one second ahead of Santambrogio. "It was not my best day," Evans said. "Conceding time to the other GC (general classification) contenders is certainly not what I wanted. I just couldn't react when the attack from Nibali came. I think that has something to do with the last couple of days. I hope this is my worst day in the mountains; otherwise to fight for the win will be difficult." Sunday's stage is scheduled to include another mountain-top finish, but adverse weather conditions could alter that plan, race organizers said.

Weather Forces Course Change
Due to freezing temperatures and reduced visibility Saturday, the day's first climb of Sestriere was eliminated and the race route modified, lengthening the stage from 168 kilometers to 180. "For everyone, it was a really hard day," Evans said. "But everybody on the team, from mechanics and staff to the riders – put in everything. You can't ask anything more than that." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said the team did everything to support Evans in the difficult conditions: riding on the front, fetching warm clothing and food and shepherding him on the lower slopes of the climb. "Cadel is still there," Baldato said. "For me, he did a great job to stay close to Nibali and Santambrogio. Today, they were stronger. He only lost a few seconds to Uran. So for the moment, we are happy and we are confident."

Listen to complete comments from Baldato and Evans on the BMC Racing Team's special Giro d'Italia Audio Line.