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Cadel Evans (right, in red) was never far from race leader Vincenzo Nibali (left). (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Cadel Evans (right, in red) was never far from race leader Vincenzo Nibali (left). (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 16: Evans Stays Second

21. May 2013

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans matched the moves of his fellow contenders at the Giro d'Italia Tuesday on the way to finishing fifth and keeping his second place on the general classification.

Not An Easy Day
The ascent of the Andrate, 18 kilometers from the end of the 238-km race, forced a selection that included Evans, race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) and seven of the other eight riders in the top 10. Evans said the finish was equally as hard as the start. "It was a long and hard day with a very hard start, quite hard in the middle and a quite hard final," he said. "Sometimes after the rest day, it's hard to judge how your body will react immediately," he said. "I think a few people had difficulty in the start. Fortunately, my teammates Daniel Oss and Danilo Wyss were there to make up for my shortcomings in the start. Then in the final, I was OK to take care of all the challenges and attacks." After his eigthth top 10 finish of the three-week race, Evans remains 1:26 off the lead. BMC Racing Team's Steve Morabito crashed early in the race. "I went to grab something from my pocket and my rain jacket went into my back wheel," Morabito said. "I was thinking I had broken my wrist." Morabito did finish the stage and was not diagnosed with any breakage, Dr. Giovanni Ruffini said. Teammate Taylor Phinney was unable to finish during the stage. "Taylor had a little fever and had started on some antibiotic therapies," Dr. Ruffini said. "But it grew a little and now we have bacteria infection. So we will continue that treatment for a week and I expect a full recovery."

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