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Marco Pinotti helped lead teammate Cadel Evans up the final snow-lined climb. (©Sirotti.)
Marco Pinotti helped lead teammate Cadel Evans up the final snow-lined climb. (©Sirotti.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 5: Unfortunate Split

11. March 2012

A crash on the descent leading to the final climb Sunday at Tirreno-Adriatico separated Cadel Evans and several others on the BMC Racing Team from the leading group, leaving them with a gap they could not close.

Evans Seeks Better Form

 

Afterwards, Evans said even with the mishap, he likely would not have been a factor on the six-kilometer climb at the end of the 196 km stage. "My legs are not as good as they were last year as this time," Evans said. "I'm sure they're getting better and there will be better days. But the race is much harder then last year, so that is amplifying the difference between the ones who are in shape and the rest of us." Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) soloed to win the stage while Chris Horner (RadioShack-Nissan) kept the overall lead. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said another disappointment on the day was a miscommunication that kept George Hincapie from taking his own chance on the final climb. "This was like one of the hardest stages of the Tour de France or the Giro d'Italia," Baldato said. "George and Greg Van Avermaet and Michael Schär were in the front group of 30 after the crash but stopped and waited for Cadel. It was good of them to wait, but George was having a really good day and could have finished in the top 20 for sure." Evans crossed the line in 45th place, finishing in a small group containing teammates Marco Pinotti and Hincapie, 10:36 behind Nibali.