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Cadel Evans (center) rode comfortably in the peloton in the morning road race. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Cadel Evans (center) rode comfortably in the peloton in the morning road race. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Double Stage Day Begins Giro del Trentino

16. April 2013

The BMC Racing Team finished ninth in the team time trial Tuesday at the Giro del Trentino, the second of two stages on the race's opening day.

Roster Of Only Six Riders
Sky Procycling won the 14.1-kilometer race against the clock in 15:20, 49 seconds faster than the BMC Racing Team, which began the four-day race with only six riders. But it was 19-year-old Josef Cerny of the CCC-Polsat Polkowice Team who took the race lead after being part of an eight-man breakaway that beat the peloton to the finish by nearly seven minutes in the morning's 128.5 km road race. "We wanted to save energy for the time trial in the afternoon, but it was maybe not so good for the big teams to let eight riders have nine minutes at one moment," Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said. "We'll see what happens tomorrow with the first mountain-top finish and which team controls the race. But I'm satisfied with what I saw today from Cadel Evans and Marco Pinotti and Martin Kohler."

Emotional Return For Pinotti
Pinotti had not raced since breaking his left collarbone and two ribs during a crash in the individual time trial at the Tour Méditerranéan on Feb. 7. "It was a bit emotional," he said. "Coming back in the team time trial, where technique is so important and you are always on the limit, I wouldn't say I was worried, but it was emotional. I think we got the best out of everyone because we only started with six riders, a couple of them with no experience in the team time trial." Two BMC Racing Team riders originally scheduled to start did not: Larry Warbasse (knee pain), Yannick Eijssen (hamstring). Maxime Bouet (AG2R La Mondiale) won the morning road race as Evans, Kohler and Ivan Santaromita finished with the pack 6:51 later. Before the start, a moment of silence was observed for the victims of Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon in the United States.

Click here to listen to complete comments from Baldato and Pinotti on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.