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On the same course as last year, the BMC Racing Team considerably improved on its performance in the team time trial. (©Sirotti.)
On the same course as last year, the BMC Racing Team considerably improved on its performance in the team time trial. (©Sirotti.)

BMC Racing Team Third In Tirreno-Adriatico Team Time Trial

6. March 2013

The BMC Racing Team rode to a third-place finish in Wednesday's rain-soaked team time trial that opened Tirreno-Adriatico.

Evans Satisfied
The BMC Racing Team finished 16 seconds off the winning time of Omega Pharma-Quick Step and five seconds behind runner-up Movistar Team in the 16.9-kilometer race against the clock. Cadel Evans said he was satisfied with the BMC Racing Team's performance as he aims to duplicate his overall win here in 2011. "We lost a few riders midway through, but I think it was more of a bit of a discrepancy of strength," Evans said. "When you have a couple of time trial specialists in a team, it is stronger. But it means for the four guys who have to follow behind, it's not always easy. But it's always good to have a few seconds on whom I consider to be the main GC (general classification) contenders like Vincenzo Nibali (Cannondale), Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) and Chris Froome (Sky Procycling)."

Rain Forecast Again
Greg Van Avermaet, who was part of the BMC Racing Team's winning team time trial squad at the Tour of Qatar, said the adverse conditions and a lack of specific training on his BMC time machine TM01 limited his effectiveness. "I wasn't feeling really good and, in the end, on top of the climb, I decided to let them go because it was a bit too hard for me with the cold and everything," he said. "I think my condition is there but I haven't trained much in the time trial position and it's a big difference from my road bike. I couldn't bring the power over." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said he was glad there were no mishaps on the slick roads. "The good news is everybody came in safe, the team gave its best and now we put it aside and move forward," he said. "Tomorrow will probably be wet again. So we will shift into GC mode and have a mission and a clear objective to move Cadel forward."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Evans, Sciandri and Van Avermaet on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.