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The BMC Racing was only seven seconds off the winning time in the team time trial. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
The BMC Racing was only seven seconds off the winning time in the team time trial. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

BMC Racing Team Third In Giro's Opening Time Trial

9. May 2014

Cadel Evans said he was pleased with the BMC Racing Team's third-place finish in Friday's opening team time trial of the Giro d'Italia.

'A Bit Unlucky'
The BMC Racing Team finished seven seconds off of ORICA-GreenEDGE's winning time in the 21.7-kilometer race through damp streets of Northern Ireland. "We've started in a good way," Evans said. "I think we had the legs to do more. But in these conditions, we were a little bit unlucky with Brent Bookwalter's crash and Ben Hermans's puncture. It took a little bit of power away from us. But I think we rode well to get the results that we got. Compliments to the guys for that."

Gained Time On Some Favorites
Rain hindered some of the earlier-starting teams, but the showers subsided as the evening wore on. After starting fourth-to-last of the 22 squads, Evans and five of his teammates powered their BMC timemachine TM01s across the line in 24:49 for a 52 kph average. Omega Pharma-Quick Step, which started immediately after the BMC Racing Team, was two seconds quicker to take runner-up honors. "For the general classification, I think our result is quite promising," Evans said. "We have already made some time gains to some of the favorites and that is really favorable for the overall."

Crash During Reconnaissance
Bookwalter, who was runner-up in the Stage 1 individual time trial in his last Giro appearance in 2010, crashed during the team's pre-race reconnaissance ride. But he was not seriously hurt. "The rider in front of me shielded my vision from an orange construction cone and I just ran straight into it," Bookwalter said. "Fortunately, we were going pretty slowly and I had a lot of clothes on. So that absorbed most of the damage."

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

See photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team Flickr gallery.