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The BMC Racing Team had only the ninth best time at the halfway mark, but rallied in the second half of the course. (@Sirotti.)
The BMC Racing Team had only the ninth best time at the halfway mark, but rallied in the second half of the course. (@Sirotti.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 1: BMC Racing Team Fourth In Team Time Trial

18. August 2012

The BMC Racing Team rode to a fourth place finish Saturday to begin the Vuelta a España as the Movistar Team of defending champion Juan Jose Cobo took the victory.

Technical Course
Starting fourth of 22 teams, the BMC Racing Team had the best time (19:51) on the 16.5-kilometer course until Rabobank bested it by less than a second. After Omega Pharma-Quick Step also narrowly bettered the BMC Racing Team's time, Movistar stopped the clock 10 seconds faster to put Jonathan Castroviejo into the race leader's red jersey. BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the team performed well considering the technical nature of the course and a wind that blew harder earlier on. "We did a good job, made a good start and finished with six guys, which was the right choice," Lelangue said. "Philippe Gilbert did really well in the last climb of one kilometer, making the tempo and making sure we arrived with six."

Not Take Big Risks
Gilbert said with three weeks of racing still to go, the plan was not to take too many risks while piloting the BMC timemachine TM01s through narrow streets and over stretches of cobblestones. "We knew in the curves we could take back a maximum of five or six seconds, so it was better that we all stayed together and then have some guys take turns on the downhill false flat," the former Belgian national time trial champion said. "So we are satisfied with what we did. It's only the start of the race and there should be few opportunities for us."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Lelangue on the BMC Racing Team Vuelta a España AudioLine.