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Giro d'Italia, Stage 1: Impressive Start

8. May 2010

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Brent Bookwalter and world road champion Cadel Evans finished second and third, respectively, in Saturday's Stage 1 individual time trial at the Giro d'Italia. It was an impressive result for the BMC Racing Team in its Grand Tour debut.

Bookwalter Pleasantly Surprised

Racing through the streets of Amsterdam on his BMC time machine TT01, Bookwalter held the fastest time for nearly an hour until Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) recorded a 10:18 over the 8.4-kilometer course – two seconds faster than him and Evans. "It was a fairly technical, short violent effort, which I think suits me well," Bookwalter said. "At least in the United States, I've always been pretty good in the five to 15 km distance. I'm not super tested at that distance over here. But I was motivated to do a good time for the team GC and also to do a good time so Cadel could get good time checks. It's really a pleasant surprise."

Evans Rode Conservatively
Evans, who is wearing bib No. 1, said he wasn't going all-out on the wet, technical course. "I rode quite conservatively in the corners because I didn't expect to be fighting for the win," the Australian said. "Maybe if I had taken some risks, I might have cut a half a second off here or there. I'm really happy for Brent. It's a really good start for him and a great introduction into his first Grand Tour."