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Cycling enthusiasm in Italy is great - Tschopp among the Tifosi. (Foto: Sirotti)
Cycling enthusiasm in Italy is great - Tschopp among the Tifosi. (Foto: Sirotti)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 16: Tschopp Remains 19th

24. May 2011

Nevegal, Italy

Johann Tschopp put his best climbing skills on display again Tuesday, finishing 26th in the uphill time trial at the Giro d'Italia for the best result of the day for the BMC Racing Team.

Very Motivated

After Monday's rest day, the riders had to pass the 12.7-kilometer solo test from Belluno to Nevegal. Tschopp only conceded 1:59 to stage winner Alberto Contador (Saxobank-Sungard), who increased his overall lead. Tschopp remains 19th in GC. "It was very difficult, but I gave my maximum," he said. "I was focused and tried to lose as little time as possible," said the winner of a stage at the Giro last year. "There are more challenging days, I am extremely motivated."

In Memorium
The peloton is grieved today for Xavier Tondo. The Spaniard was killed in a tragic accident when he was trapped between a car and a garage door. The BMC Racing Team expresses its sencere condolences to his family and his Movistar team.