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The BMC Racing Team was the third-from-last team to start and was 16th as it passed through the intermediate time check. (©Sirotti.)
The BMC Racing Team was the third-from-last team to start and was 16th as it passed through the intermediate time check. (©Sirotti.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 2: Hilly Team Time Trial

5. May 2013

The BMC Racing Team finished 12th in the team time trial Sunday at the Giro d'Italia, 37 seconds off the winning time by Sky Procycling in the 17.4-kilometer race against the clock.

Climbing Sections The Difference
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said the stage was won or lost on the hillier sections. "There were climbs of eight, nine or 10 percent," he said. "I think if you look at the winning team, it is more of an imprint of a climber team. We had some really good guys who can go on the flats like a regular time trial. But we struggled a little bit with some guys on the climbs. But I don't think we could have given anything more." Cadel Evans, points classification winner of the Giro in 2010, agreed. "We had a lot of sprinter kind of guys and roulers, which normally in a team time trial is great," he said. "But this course was particularly hilly. Thirty-seven seconds is a little bit below what I had hoped or expected, but that's the way it is. The guys put in everything. Someone like Klaas Lodewyck – he really gave it absolutely everything he had today, so I'm certainly not going to ask anything more of him. That's the way it is. We'll keep going from here." Sky Procycling's victory in 22:05 put Salvatore Puccio in the overall lead. Movistar Team was second, nine seconds back, and Astana Pro Team third, at 14 seconds.

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