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POLSA, Italy (VN) — Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) looked for the positive side of losing out on the overall title at the Giro d’Italia on Thursday afternoon. Despite slipping further back in today’s stage 18 uphill time trial, he maintained good spirits and an eye on the Tour de France.
“The glass is half-full, yes,” Evans said after changing out of his rain-soaked skinsuit. “As a professional, as a competitor, I want to win, but the thing about bike racing is that you start with 200 and there is one winner and 199 losers.”
Evans placed 25th in the 20.6-kilometer test, 2:36 back from the race’s overall leader and stage winner, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana). Evans now sits second overall, at 4:02.
He sat, cold, ready to go to the hotel to reflect on the Giro. The 38-year-old at one point had been within striking distance of Nibali and the overall win. He said that he is used to these difficulties.
“That’s something you have to learn as a bike rider … It’s something you have to learn to live with,” Evans said. “There are two ways to look at this: I was second place in the Giro at 30 or 35 seconds and maybe I can win this Giro, but at the same time I came here to come back to my best to recover lost days of racing due this illness and so on last year. In that regard, it is not something that I should be kicking myself in the backside for.”
Evans suffered last year. As defending Tour de France champion, he could only manage seventh. It wasn’t until after the race and a stint in the U.S. that he realized a virus had sapped his fitness.
The setback put Evans on the back foot coming into 2013. To be certain to be ready for the Tour, he and BMC Racing’s staff decided to race the Giro d’Italia.
Not only did he find his legs, but he challenged for the Giro’s overall win. As he said, Evans has reason to be happy.
“I came to this Giro with high hopes but not high expectations. My real objective was to give my best at the Giro and at this point, I have made a few mistakes but nothing big. So in terms of giving it my best, it’s great,” Evans said. “But when you are near winning you want to be winning, and that is where your hopes might rise above your capabilities.”
Evans’ woes and podium hopes
Evans suffered in Thursday’s 20.6km time trial. He said the short stages featured in the 96th edition of the race do not favor him.
“The time trial was a lot worse than what I expected,” he explained. “I gave what I could, but I saw in this Giro that when there are short stages, like above Bardonecchia and today, I’m not at the level of the best.”
A podium is still within reach, but it will be a hard fight. Rigoberto Urán (Sky) sits only 10 seconds back and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) is approaching, at 1:12. Two mountain stages await, with Friday’s rerouted leg to Val Martello finishing atop a 22km first-category climb and Saturday’s 20th stage set to conclude on the Tre Cime climb.
“Of course second is better than third place, and fourth is a pretty horrible place to finish in a Grand Tour,” Evans added. “But at this point, relax, recover, and look to tomorrow.”
Evans the fighter is also looking to the Tour with a big Giro base under him.
POLSA, Italy (VN) — Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) erased any doubt Thursday over who is the strongest in this Giro d’Italia and will carry a nearly insurmountable lead into the final three days of racing this week.
Only Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) could come within one minute of the Sicilian as Nibali won Thursday’s 20.6-kilometer climbing time trial. He tightened his grip on the pink jersey, pushing second overall Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) to 4:02 adrift and celebrated with a fist pump as he crossed the finish line.
“My legs don’t hurt,” Nibali said. “Over the past week, I’ve started to feel better and better. I was very calm this morning. When I woke up and did a course inspection, I knew I had good legs.”
Nibali was right. He stopped the clock in 44:29 (27.785 kph) to win his first stage of this Giro and confirm once and for all that he’s a step above everyone else in the peloton.
“What Nibali did today was impressive. He’s the just winner,” said Sánchez, who posted a fast early time and watched rider after rider fall short until Nibali surged across the line in the rain. “He had the extra stimulus of riding for the pink jersey. He’s clearly the strongest rider in the race.”
“The Shark” once again proved he’s immune to cold and wet conditions in what’s been a terrible Giro. Conditions are so bad organizers confirmed Thursday afternoon that the Gavia and Stelvio climbs are unsafe for passage and laid out a new route for Friday’s climbing stage, with the original finale at Val Martello remaining intact.
With the Giro still hanging in the balance, a determined Nibali took gains on all of his GC rivals, including a deathblow of 2:36 to Evans.
The Australian started the day in second, at 1:26 — the only real threat to Nibali. Evans struggled across the line a distant 25th as rain pelted the late starters on the upper reaches of the winding course from Mori to Polsa.
Evans retained second by just 10 seconds over Rigoberto Urán (Sky), and slipped to 4:02 back, a difference that will be all but impossible to recoup despite two brutally steep climbing stages across the snow-bound Dolomites.
Anticipation was high ahead of what many expected to be a race-breaking stage. It was a breaker, but in the wrong direction for Evans.
The 2011 Tour de France champion needed to take time on Nibali, not lose it. Evans, who decided to race the Giro just five weeks before the start in order to prepare for the Tour de France, essentially threw in the towel after studying the GC.
“I am unlikely to win, but since I came here as training for the Tour de France, second is not so bad,” Evans said. “And Nibali, he’s in a class of his own right now, so he deserves to win the Giro.”
Nibali said he was expecting more from Evans.
“Cadel has been hidden away in the peloton these past few days, so it was hard to judge his legs. I expected he would go better today,” Nibali said. “He was my rider of reference [starting three minutes apart], so when I could see that I was close to catching him, I pushed even harder.”
Nibali looks firm in his grip on pink. He’s shown no cracks since the start of the Giro, and has ridden with confidence since taking the maglia rosa in the individual time trial at Saltara in stage 7.
Evans, Uran packed tightly in the race for the podium
The real race is now on for the podium, and Nibali knows it.
“The most important thing now is to defend the lead that I now have,” Nibali said. “Now we can breathe a little easier.”
Urán rode well in a discipline that’s not his specialty to defend third, stopping the clock sixth, 1:26 back. The Colombian is now just 10 seconds behind Evans, at 4:12, so there’s still a lot to race for at Sky.
“It was a real good performance from ‘Rigo.’ He paced himself well and now he’s just 10 seconds off second place,” said Sky director Marcus Ljungqvist. “It gives us something to fight for. We’re getting toward the end of the race and we want to leave it all out there and really go for it.”
Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida), winner of the 2011 Giro, revived his podium chances by posting a strong time trial. He finished fourth, at 1:21, to slot into fourth overall, 5:14 back and just 1:12 from second place.
For Nibali, he can ride into the final crescendo of this Giro on cruise control. He’s been consistent in every key stage, either marking his rivals or taking time when necessary.
“I could see today again that I am stronger,” he said. “I think we can manage things no matter what happens.”
When asked why he’s so strong, he said his move to Astana is paying dividends.
“The team has supported me since the start of the season. They’ve helped me make tests on the aerodynamics. We were on the track with the time trial bike all day, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.,” he said. “The entire team is at my disposal. It gives me confidence and allows me to work with more tranquility. I can come into the race with a lot less stress.”
Nibali is clearly a step ahead of the peloton. The riders on the steps directly below him are still in doubt with three days to Brescia.
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