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Cadel Evans powered his BMC timemachine TM01 to a fourth-place finish, his 19th top 10 result of the season. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Cadel Evans powered his BMC timemachine TM01 to a fourth-place finish, his 19th top 10 result of the season. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour of Alberta, Prologue: Two In The Top Five

4. september 2013

Cadel Evans finished fourth and Brent Bookwalter was fifth for the BMC Racing Team Tuesday night in the prologue time trial that opened the inaugural edition of the Tour of Alberta.

Evans 'Pleasantly Surprised'
Racing his BMC timemachine TM01 through the streets of downtown Edmonton, Evans clocked a time 20 seconds off the winning mark of Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) while Bookwalter was one second behind his teammate. Only 10 riders came within 30 seconds of the winning mark of 8:28 on the 7.3-kilometer course. Evans said he was "pleasantly surprised" with his result, saying he didn't feel well in his first race since finishing the Tour de France July 21. "I wanted to give it everything and put it on the road," the former Tour de France and world road champion said. "First five is not winning, but it is a good sign. I had a crash the other day, so I didn't have big expectations. So I have to be happy with that." Bookwalter said he was pleased with his preparation and performance in registering his best result since a pair of runner-up finishes in the individual time trial and road race at the USA Cycling national championships in May. "I executed it fairly well," Bookwalter said. "There were a few spots where I was a little disappointed in how I handled a couple corners, and I blew up at the top of the climb a little bit. But it's hard to be perfect in such a short, violent effort."

Listen to complete comments from Bookwalter and Evans on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.