BMC Racing Team’s Cadel Evans said he hopes to make up time lost in Thursday’s mountain-top finish at the Giro d’Italia in Friday’s uphill time trial and Saturday’s last summit finish of the three-week race.
Not Giving Up
Evans finished 21st on the 171-kilometer stage and slipped from third to ninth overall, 4:59 behind race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) as Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) soloed to the win. Last year’s third-place finisher at the Giro said he is focusing on what still lies ahead. “These next two days are still going to change things around, so I am not so diluted by the whole thing,” Evans said. “I was not at the level of the others, but I think we will get a better idea of who is the best in the time trial. But there is still one more day after that where things can turn around.” Evans is 90 seconds behind third-placed Pierre Rolland (Team Europcar) heading into Friday’s 26.8-km time trial that finishes with an ascent averaging eight percent. “This Giro has been so hard thus far, but the time gaps are so close between third and ninth place despite all the racing we have had,” Evans said. “Now, just a little bit of difference in today’s stage, tomorrow’s stage and the day after is still going to make a difference. So it’s not over until it’s over.” Sport Director Fabio Baldato said the BMC Racing Team is still working hard to support its leader. “Cadel is a champion and today, the team was great,” Baldato said. “Samuel Sánchez really fought to make a good tempo to try to help him not lose time.”
Listen to complete comments from Baldato and Evans on the BMC Racing Team’s special Giro d’Italia Audio Line: