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The BMC Racing Team was fifth of 22 teams to start. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
The BMC Racing Team was fifth of 22 teams to start. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 1: Some Time Lost

12. March 2014

The BMC Racing Team finished 11th in the team time trial Wednesday at Tirreno-Adriatico, conceding 47 seconds to the winning team, as the seven-day race got underway.

The Course:
Starting in Donoratico and ending in San Vincenzo, the 16.9-kilometer race against the clock featured a technical opening section and a nearly straight run-in to the finish parallel to the seaside.

The Podium:
Omega Pharma-Quick Step, the reigning world team time trial champions, won by 11 seconds ahead of ORICA-GreenEDGE. Movistar Team was third, 18 seconds back.

In The Overall Standings:
By being first across the finish line for the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team, Mark Cavendish was first to don the race leader's blue jersey for the second straight year.

What Cadel Evans Said:
"As a team, we rode reasonably well with the capacity that we had. We stayed together for most of the race and lost only one rider, which is a good sign. But the time is what matters. We have a lot of room where we have to improve, looking towards the Giro. In that regard, the performance is disappointing just looking at the results. As a GC (general classification) rider, this race is far from over. There is a lot of racing still to come. But the basis of riding a good GC is not losing time. So to start the first road stage 47 seconds down on someone like Rigoberto Uran is not optimal. Now it is up to us to go into different terrain – terrain we are better prepared for – and to turn that around."

What Sport Director Valerio Piva Said:
"My goal was for us to finish in the top five and to not lose more than 15 seconds. I cannot say we made a mistake, because the whole race, the team was good and fast. But not fast enough to be able to finish in the top five. For the moment, this is our condition and our place and we need to work. The next day is a hard stage and for sure, we can make up the time that we lost today. But we will need to attack now."

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

Listen to complete comments from Evans and Piva on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

Watch behind-the-scenes videos from the race on the BMC Racing Team YouTube channel.