BMC Racing Team’s Cadel Evans won Thursday’s stage of the Giro del Trentino and increased his overall lead with one day of the race to go.
Teamwork Played Vital Role
Evans earned his second victory of the season by pulling away with an attack in the last kilometer of the uphill finish of the 184.4-km race. Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) finished second, three seconds later, followed by Mikel Landa and Michele Scarponi (both of Astana Pro Team) nine seconds later. The past Tour de France winner and world road champion now leads Pozzovivo by 45 seconds and Tiago Machado (NetApp-Endura) by 59 seconds with another mountain-top finish looming at the end of Friday’s 175-km stage. “I counted on the team all the way until really the last climb with two-and-a-half kilometers to go,” Evans said. “Martin Kohler, Daniel Oss, Steve Morabito, Brent Bookwalter, Sebastian Lander and Rick Zabel were really good. They did all the work until the third last climb. Then Brent and Yannick (Eijssen) and Steve took over and put me in a good position for the stage. Then it was up to me. That’s what you get for being patient and working hard.”
‘Many Attacks At One Moment’
With a fourth-place finish on Wednesday’s stage, Evans had assumed the lead from teammate Daniel Oss after the BMC Racing Team won Tuesday’s Stage 1 team time trial. Controlling Thursday’s stage was not easy, BMC Racing Team Sport Director Fabio Baldato said. “The race was really hard and there were so many attacks at one moment that the guys decided to let a group of 11 go,” he said. “But I saw our team was strong mentally. They were really focused and motivated. Cadel did an amazing final. He did that because he saw the team was really strong all day and really organized.” Evans said he remains focused on conserving his lead on the verge of winning his first multi-day race since the 2012 Critérium International. “It is important for us to think about the GC (general classification) and what we have to do as a team and what I have to do with that as an individual,” he said.
Listen to complete comments from Baldato and Evans, as well as the post-race press conference (in Italian) on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line: