Colombia-Selle Italia's pocket climber Jose Rujano wasn't expected to shine in the time trial, and his 77th position at 5'04 behind the winner was not too surprising. However, things could have been much better for him had he not had to change his bike three(!) times on the descent, due to mechanical problems. Up until that point, he was only trailing Basso by 43 seconds at the top of the climb. Team manager Gianni Savio estimated that the mechanicals cost Rujano two minutes, not counting his loss of rhythm.