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Cadel Evans finished ninth in the time trial to remain in the top 10 overall. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Cadel Evans finished ninth in the time trial to remain in the top 10 overall. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

USAPCC, Stage 3: Two In Top 10

26. August 2011

Vail, Colorado

The BMC Racing Team continued its string of placing a rider in the top 10 every day at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge with Cadel Evans and George Hincapie finishing ninth and 10th, respectively, in Thursday's individual time trial.

Evans: Altitude A Factor

Evans powered his BMC timemachine TM01 up the 16.1-kilometer course 1:02 behind stage winner and new race leader Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack). Hincapie was 1:11 back of Leipheimer, whose winning margin was .58 seconds over Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervélo). Evans said the high altitude continues to factor into his performance. "Considering all the lead up I've had for the race, I rode pretty well," Evans said. "Technically, I rode a good time trial, but I don't have the basis in altitude acclimatization to really be at the top level with some of the other guys here."

Hincapie Fifth Overall
Hincapie, the winner of Wednesday's stage, said the uphill time trial did not suit him. "But I gave it everything I had," the three-time U.S. national champion said. "I started maybe a bit too fast. I was close to Levi in the first time check and paid for it dearly in the last four kilometers." Hincapie's performance puts him fifth in the overall standings, 53 seconds back of Leipheimer, while Evans is seventh, 1:18 behind. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said the team will focus on pursuing the team classification while also chasing stage wins in the race's final three days.