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Cadel Evans's son joined him for the final podium ceremony. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Cadel Evans's son joined him for the final podium ceremony. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

BMC Racing Team's Evans Third At Giro d'Italia

26. May 2013

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans earned his fifth career podium result at a grand tour with third place overall Sunday at the Giro d'Italia.

Goal Was Achieved
Evans added to his 2011 Tour de France victory, runner-up finishes at the Tour in 2007 and 2008 and a third-place at the Vuelta a España in 2009 by finishing 5:52 behind winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) and runner-up Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling), who was 4:43 back of Nibali. "Like I said from the first day, I came here to recover the days of racing I lost last year to illness and to get back to my best," Evans said. "Not looking at results, but in terms of objectives to work for, it was really successful. To be on the podium for what was, in some ways, just a training ride, is something." The past world road champion said back luck he had with a technical issue on the penultimate stage – which dropped him from second to third – did not completely spoil an otherwise productive three weeks. "I hope people enjoyed it," Evans said. "My main thing was to give it my maximum. And I did that. I had a couple little errors, little mistakes – things I couldn't have anticipated. That happens. In the end, my goal was achieved to give my maximum and the fact that I'm on the podium has been good."

Baldato: 'We Believed In Him'
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said the squad's other eight riders – six of whom finished – were singularly focused on helping Evans achieve his eighth top-five finish at a grand tour and better his fifth place at the Giro in 2010. "This is really amazing," Baldato said. "It was our goal from the beginning of the Giro and we believed in him. Not everyone was 100 percent convinced we could do it. From the first stage, Cadel was always focused on getting time that could make the difference. The team, day-by-day, understood that he was strong and rallied around him to become stronger. For me, that was the biggest satisfaction." Sunday's 197-kilometer final stage was won in a field sprint by Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), his fifth victory of the race.

Morabito Finishes Despite Broken Wrist
Daniel Oss, runner-up on Stage 11, joined teammates Adam Blythe, Steve Cummings, Evans, Steve Morabito, Ivan Santaromita and Danilo Wyss as finishers. Oss was the only BMC Racing Team rider who had not competed in the Giro before. "It was a great opportunity and I gave all my best for the result (on Stage 11)," he said. "It was an opportunity to help Cadel, one of the best riders in the world, so it was a great experience. I'm not a climber so the climbs were a problem. But I felt good the whole race. The team and the whole staff was perfect." Morabito finished despite crashing on Tuesday's Stage 16 and breaking a bone in his left wrist. No surgery will be required, said BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa. Morabito said he couldn't quit knowing Evans needed his help. "I had a lot of pain but I was really focused on staying in the race and to keep going," Morabito said. "But there was a lot of pain."

Listen to complete comments from Evans (English and Italian) and Oss on the special BMC Racing Team Giro d'Italia Audio Line.