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The BMC Racing Team was seventh, eight seconds off the leading time, at the 13-kilometer intermediate time check.  (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
The BMC Racing Team was seventh, eight seconds off the leading time, at the 13-kilometer intermediate time check. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour de France, Stage 4: Ninth In The Team Time Trial

2. July 2013

The BMC Racing Team's ninth place in Tuesday's team time trial was disappointing, Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said, but the 26 seconds lost is not a major cause for concern with so much of the race still to come.

'Long Way To Go To Paris'
Orica-GreenEdge won the 25-kilometer race against the clock by one second over Omega-Pharma Quick Step and three seconds ahead of Sky Procycling. "We wanted to make a top five result and to lose a little less time on the big leaders for the general classification," Lelangue said. "So it was a little bit of disappointment with all the work we have done. We know that this can happen on such a fast parcours, even if it is such a short distance. At least we are still there and we know it is a long way to go to Paris. The mountains are only coming at the end of the week and we have two more individual time trials: a really fast one around Mont Saint-Michel and a technical one in Embrun." Cadel Evans, who is 28th overall, 26 seconds behind new race leader Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), put it simply: "We weren't fast enough," he said. "Losing a lot of seconds isn't something you want to hope for today and it isn't what I expected," he said, "but we'll have to go back over the analysis and have a look why."

Listen to complete comments from Evans, Lelangue and Tejay van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team's Tour de France Audio Line.