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Evans and the later starters in the time trial encountered wet conditions. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Evans and the later starters in the time trial encountered wet conditions. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 18: Evans Remains Second

23. May 2013

BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans held onto second place overall Thursday at the Giro d'Italia despite conceding two minutes and 36 seconds to race leader and stage winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) in an uphill time trial.

'Not For Lack Of Trying'
Evans finished the 20.6-kilometer test in rainy conditions in 47:05 (25th place) while Nibali's winning time was 44:29, 58 seconds ahead of runner-up Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi). Evans remains 10 seconds ahead of third-placed Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling), who finished sixth. The 2011 Tour de France winner said his performance was not what he was looking for or what he was expecting. "It's not for lack of trying that I lost a minute or two minutes," Evans said. "I came to this Giro with high hopes, but not high expectations. My real objective was to give my best, and, until this point, I've made a few mistakes, but nothing big. So in that regard, in terms of giving my best, that's great. But when you need winning, of course you want to be winning – and that's maybe when your hopes rise above your capabilities." With two straight mountain stages to come and a flat finale on Sunday, Nibali is 4:02 ahead of Evans. "I'm unlikely to win, but I came here for training for the Tour de France," Evans said. "Second place at this point is not so bad."

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