BMC Racing Team’s Cadel Evans finished fourth on Wednesday’s mountain-top finish at the Giro del Trentino to assume the overall lead from teammate Daniel Oss.
‘Pretty Hard Finish’
Evans and a small group chased solo stage winner Edoardo Zardini (Bardiani-CSF), who broke away midway up the final climb of the 164.5-kilometer race that finished in a mix of rain and sleet. Evans arrived 19 seconds later – behind runner-up Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) and Fabio Duarte (Colombia Cycling Team). “To concede less seconds would have been better, but everyone was on their own in the final kilometers,” Evans said. “With a hilltop finish and cold weather, it was a pretty hard finish for the first road stage. But it puts us in a good position. A bigger margin would be better, but most of all, it’s a step toward the Giro d’Italia and for us as a team to go through the competition routine of holding and defending the jersey.”
‘Ride Well As A Team’
With two stages of the race to go – both featuring uphill finishes – Evans is nine seconds ahead of Zardini in the overall standings, with Niemiecis at 17 seconds and Duarte at 23 seconds. In all, 15 riders are within a minute of the lead, including Evan’s teammate, Steve Morabito, who is eighth at 36 seconds. “I have to look at the course details, but I guess tomorrow is more of the same,” Evans said. “We will have to ride well as a team to control the breakaway during the stage. There is another selective finish and, of course, now I will be the rider that everyone will be looking to beat.” With Oss wearing the fuchsia jersey of race leader on Wednesday’s stage, the BMC Racing Team spent much of the race on the front pulling back a three-man breakaway that led by nearly nine minutes at one point. “Guys like Steve Morabito and Daniel Oss and Yannick Eijssen set a really good tempo for the first half of the climb,” Evans said.
Listen to complete comments from Evans and the post-race press conference (in Italian) on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line: