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Mechanical problems cost Evans dear at the Giro d'Italia

Stephen Farrand
May 25, 2013, 19:01,
May 25, 2013, 20:03
Second Edition Cycling News, Saturday, May 25, 2013
Giro d'Italia
Cadel Evans (BMC) is helped after the finish

Cadel Evans (BMC) is helped after the finish

  • Cadel Evans (BMC) is helped after the finish
  • Cadel Evans' rear mech at the stage finish
  • Cadel Evans (BMC) was blown away by NIbali

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BMC rider slips to third overall after gear problem

Cadel Evans (BMC) was cold, covered in snow and understandably angry after finishing 14th at Tre Cime di Lavaredo and losing second place overall in the Giro d'Italia to Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky).

Evans suffered a mechanical problem in the final part of the climb to the finish, losing 1:11 to Uran and so slipped to third overall, 5:52 behind Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and 1:09 down on Uran.

Evans was livid when he stopped at the BMC minivan, just past the finish area, pushing away team staff to look at his gears and bike. His sprockets were covered in slushy snow and so perhaps stopped him from using his preferred gear.

He did not speak to the media waiting in the snow, switching to a more comfortable BMC Mercedes team car for the evacuation down the climb to the team buses.

Later the BMC team issued a press release confirming the mechanical problem that had cost Evans second place overall.

"I had a technical problem at two kilometers to go all the way to the finish and that cost me second place," is all Evans is quoted as saying.

BMC team manager Jim Ochowicz and directeur sportif Fabio Baldato were also forced to admit the problem had cost the team dear.

"He tried to resolve the technical issue, but the severe weather and the nature of the problem prevented him from doing so and it cost him valuable time," Ochowicz said.

Baldato tried to be more upbeat: "All day, Cadel had good legs. For sure, second was better than third. But we are still on the podium and tomorrow we need to control to make the race safe and then the goal is reached."

Ryo Hazuki More than 1 year ago
gear problem my *** what a sour loser
romanmgreen More than 1 year ago
what a fool you are - if you don't have something to add other than spite why not go and get on your bike and do some exercise - Evans was obviously riding in a higher gear than Uran as was commented on by the media so in fact his effort was heroic to say the least
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
agreed... the gear that malfunctioned was in his legs!
MaxVO2 More than 1 year ago
Saw it. Was dropped and having leg problems long before his "electrical." All you fanboys, wake up to the reality. Agreed that if the stages weren't shortened or removed, he would not have podiumed. Should be grateful that the weather was so bad for him to podium. It is what it is.
Scott Gee More than 1 year ago
Must be kind of scary sitting on such a high horse "MaxVO2". You might fall off while looking down on all the people who have accomplished more in one day than you have in a lifetime.
Cragz01 More than 1 year ago
In previous stages where in his own assessment he has underperformed he has freely admitted it was an issue of form. So why, when he says he had mechanical issues, do you not take his word when you obviously freely accepted with out question his assessment of his physical performance on previous stages? He is an athlete/cyclist who is on the verge of completing his 14th GT, ten of which he has finished in the top 10 and as such, would have a far greater knowledge of his physical and mental capabilities as well as knowledge about his gear than any of the people posting on this forum.
Martin Shelton More than 1 year ago
Have you any proof of your claim? Didn't think so! Could you do any better? Again I don't think so! Please stop spreading FUD!
Derek Ryter More than 1 year ago
What a short memory. TdF 2009 riding with a broken arm and doesn't even tell his team. Sour loser? And I guess you ridden in the slush and snow and couldn't get out of a big gear in a major GT? Career advice: don't apply for that job as a sports analyst any time soon.
Gustavo Medina More than 1 year ago
pssh....i dont think he could've handle the Colombians today
Niels Johan Thissen More than 1 year ago
True that, just like the Colombians weren't able to handle the Italian (who was on fire in the snow)... ;-)
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Doesnt look like Evans to blame the equipment for his losses, and obviously he was riding a higher gear than UranUran. Nvm UranUran still deserves 2nd place finish in Brescia, although he rides for Team SkyHigh. Its more important for his career than it is for Evans who has already had an impression career during the last 10 years
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Impresssive* damn ipads
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
Interesting to read BMC, a team sponsored by a bike manufacturer, issues a statement about their top rider losing time because of a problem with his bike. That is some admirable self criticism.
dslacker More than 1 year ago
If I had as many mechanicals as the pros - I would chuck my bike. OK, maybe theirs do get worked a bit harder.....
Dear Wiggo More than 1 year ago
To be fair, it's SRAM or Shimano at fault, then his mechanic - the BMC brand is a frame manufacturer, so not too admirable ;)
chainstay9 More than 1 year ago
Shimano 9070 Dura Ace Di2 I believe. Maybe snow collected in the rear dérailleur and froze in there preventing him from down shifting. Sometimes when you ride in wet snow it's good to keep shifting just to keep things clear. I've never had a problem with electronic due to low temperatures
jasonmcbeath1 More than 1 year ago
So, this Evans bloke was the only guy on the day riding with Di2? Amazing how no-one else had equipment failure.
Michael Smith More than 1 year ago
BMC does not make the group set. That criticism would be directed at Shimano and the Dura-Ace shown in the picture.
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
Totally clear, but not made quite clear in the statement. And they do sell completely assembled bikes, with components they deem fit, don't they?
geekonabike More than 1 year ago
Look at the shifting issues in the peloton this, I'll not be switching to Di anytime soon.
maxmartin More than 1 year ago
Isn't he already being dropped around 2KM?
Conor_ON More than 1 year ago
To be fair to Cadel he had been dropped but was closing the gap on Uran and Bentacur before slipping back off. To come to the Giro with as little prep as Cadel had and still manage a podium is an amazing feat
Steve Hougom More than 1 year ago
Conor_ON thank you. Now maybe people can stop saying he was using equipment as a cop out. NOT fun trying to push a too heavy gear uphill. The electronics failing in wet snow building up on it is most likely what happened. At cadel's age you have to give him some credit too.
jayreeding More than 1 year ago
He was getting shelled well before his"mechanical". Not hard to believe after the last mountainous ITT result. However... the fact is, he came to the Giro under form (admittedly by Cadel) with a team that was ill-equipped to help and protect him (Phinney, Blythe) and still managed a 3rd place spot in one of the hardest Giro's ever. I think it's a great result and something Cadel, his team and fans should be proud of..
khaled tolba More than 1 year ago
With all the weather-inflicted mountain trimmings, I don't think this was a particularly hard giro. Look at the profile of the giro won by Contador 2 years ago, now that was a hard giro. My guess is that if they rode the whole course as already planned when it was revealed last winter, Cadel would have lost all chances of podium. I can't see him hanging on to an even top ten placing if stage 19 wasn't cancelled, but that's just my opinion. I hope he comes stronger at the TdF and put all that giro suffering to good use.
jayreeding More than 1 year ago
Khalid, seriously, have you tuned in and checked out the weather these guys are racing in. Snow, rain, sickness, riders were dropping like flies.. It's more than the profile of a race on paper that makes a race hard. Every rider that finishes this Giro deserves kudos.
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
I, for some part, has to agree. The lack of super climbs like crostis, zoncolan, finestre and ofc mortirolo, convient with the many race changes, has made the route seem easier than 2011 for instance. However the weather hasnt been this bad for many years!
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
jasonmcbeath1 More than 1 year ago
Yeah, ask Hampsten about weather. I think some of these riders today are just plain soft.
deboat More than 1 year ago
I think those who bag Evans for this as a sour loser have never really raced anything themselves. If you can not use the right gearing then you lose the race. BMC make frames not gears!! Get off your sofas and go for a ride !!!
avanti More than 1 year ago
Was Evens using electric shifters? If so could they be a problematic in freezing snowy weather? Have they been tested in muddy freezing CX races (where even mechanical shifters jam up sometimes)?
avanti More than 1 year ago
I meant shifting.
tonebone73 More than 1 year ago
My thoughts exactly. In the race for "marginal gains", I think bikes have become a bit too high tech and fragile. Seems to be an awful lot of "mechanicals" since the widespread use of electronic shifting. Maybe they need to start referring to theses problems as "electronicals".
Master50 More than 1 year ago
Several top CX riders use Di2
khaled tolba More than 1 year ago
I believe Rigoberto Uran was riding the same Shimano Dura Ace Di2 9070 used by Cadel, I seriously doubt it's the shifting mechanism, let's face it, it was a tough climb, done in the middle of a snowfall and there were others who were better climbers than him. Why blame Shimano every time a race?
shallow More than 1 year ago
The good news in all this is that it wasn't bad form that made Cadel drop back and that speaks well for his TDF aspirations. And to all those saying this is sour grapes from Cadel, I'd like to point out that he was quick to admit it was his own fault in the other stages where he lost time and praised the form of Nibali. A podium finish is a race like this is no mean feat!
Fred Samuel More than 1 year ago
His graciousness was directed at the tour leader. His "sour grapes" were aimed at his loss of 2nd place to Uran. Having watched the stage live, it appeared to me his problems surfaced well before the 2 kilometer mark.
TheHouseOfH More than 1 year ago
Where is the video of him pushing away BMC staff? I love his videos on YouTube where he's losing his cool. They are hilarious.
dslacker More than 1 year ago
He's not called "Cuddles" for nothing.
Lightening Toke More than 1 year ago
Heh. TdF, 2008. After Stage 10. Cuddles: "WUAH!. Don't touch me!"
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Was it the stage where Frank Schleck took over yellow? :D
jasonmcbeath1 More than 1 year ago
Where's his dog? I want to see him threaten to kill people again over a poodle or whatever it is...
Rolls Kinardly More than 1 year ago
it did look like he was pushing a pretty big gear but then most of the screen was white
Highwaystar More than 1 year ago
It did. While Nibali and the Colombians are comfortably sitting down in the saddle making good pace Evans slowly dropped back standing up and working like madman to keep up. He had the legs, just could make the best use of them. That to me is worthy enough of a little disappointment. Happy holidays Ryo Hazuki :)
Reg Oakley More than 1 year ago
That was my observation as well. The big gear I mean.
jasonmcbeath1 More than 1 year ago
I aint never seen him spinning a gear on the climbs like a climber. He's not a pure climber, so he's always going to push a bigger gear than someone like Uran.