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The BMC Racing Team's impressive performance nearly put Cadel Evans into the overall lead. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
The BMC Racing Team's impressive performance nearly put Cadel Evans into the overall lead. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de France, Stage 2: Impressive Team Performance

3. luglio 2011

Les Essarts, France

On the strength of second place in the team time trial, the BMC Racing Team moved Cadel Evans within one second of the overall lead Sunday at the Tour de France.

'Quietly Working Away'

Slicing through the wind on their BMC timemachines, the BMC Racing Team finished only four seconds behind Garmin-Cervélo, which won the 23-kilometer race against the clock in 24:48. Team Sky was third. Evans said he wasn't surprised at all with the result. "We've been quietly working away, doing our homework and keeping at it," the former world road champion said. "Our first goal was not to lose any time and our second goal was to actually gain time. The fact that we were actually there, nearly in the running for the win, was really something."

Plenty of Preparation
Twice a runner-up at the Tour de France, Evans slots into third overall – one second behind new race leader Thor Hushovd and his Garmin-Cervélo teammate, David Millar. BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he expected the team to register a solid performance due to its diligent preparation, which included a three-day training camp in Belgium in June and several reconnaissance rides of the stage itself last week. "In the end, it's always a nervous day. but at the end of the day we had a great result," he said. "We only missed the victory by a few seconds and the yellow jersey by a few seconds, but we are happy to be in this situation."