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Snow was flying as Cadel Evans pounded his way up the final climb. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Snow was flying as Cadel Evans pounded his way up the final climb. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 20: Fight To The Finish

25. maggio 2013

Cadel Evans of the BMC Racing Team fought to the finish Saturday in snow and freezing conditions to hold onto a spot on the podium with one day to go at the Giro d'Italia.

Technical Problem Plagues Evans
Evans finished 14th, 1:30 behind stage winner and race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team), while conceding 1:11 to Rigoberto Uran (Sky Procycling), who finished third to move into second overall. Nibali launched his decisive attack in the last three kilometers of the 203-km race that finished atop Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Evans was riding with the group chasing Nibali when disaster struck. "I had a technical problem at two kilometers to go all the way to the finish and that cost me second place," Evans said. Between kilometers two and one, Evans lost 33 seconds to Uran and stage runner-up Fabio Duarte (Colombia) and an additional 28 seconds in the final kilometer. "He tried to resolve the technical issue, but the severe weather and the nature of the problem prevented him from doing so and it cost him valuable time," BMC Racing Team President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said it was a shame because Evans had been riding well up to that point. "All day, Cadel had good legs," Baldato said. "For sure, second was better than third. But we are still on the podium and tomorrow we need to control to make the race safe and then the goal is reached."