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Six-time Italian national time trial champion Marco Pinotti had the BMC Racing Team's best finish on the day. (©Sirotti.)
Six-time Italian national time trial champion Marco Pinotti had the BMC Racing Team's best finish on the day. (©Sirotti.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 11: Nerz Continues To Move Up

4. settembre 2013

Dominik Nerz continued his climb up the overall classification Wednesday at the Vuelta a España while Marco Pinotti was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher (25th place) in the individual time trial on the stage after the race's first rest day.

Climb Was A Factor
Nerz moved from 19th to 17th overall while teammate Ivan Santaromita is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed overall in 16th, 7:23 behind new race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team). Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard) won the 38.8-kilometer race against the clock. Pinotti was 3:14 behind and Nerz was a further 20 seconds back in 29th place. Pinotti said his pacing strategy was to start quickly in the first part, which was all uphill. "I tried to go a bit harder in the first part of the climb because it was like a finish line was at the top," the reigning Italian national time trial champion said. "Then you had a lot of time to recover until at least from 11 to six or seven kilometers to go. So the time was done in the first part, especially." Nerz said he aimed to limit his losses to the other riders contending for the overall. "I couldn't find my rhythm on the climb, I was always searching for the right gear," he said. "It was really difficult with the wind. The climb wasn't that steep, but you felt like you were always pushing too hard and going too slowly." Klaas Lodewyck was stung on the mouth by an insect about a kilometer from the finish. But BMC Racing Team Dr. Roger Palfreeman said Lodewyck responded well to treatment and he did not expect any lingering effects from the incident.

 

 

 

Listen to complete comments from Nerz and Pinotti on the BMC Racing Team's Vuelta a España Audio Line