Rain Made Things Harder
Manuel Quinziato, competing in the race for the ninth time, called this edition the hardest. "We did five road stages – never less than five hours – and three stages more with 3,000 meters of climbing and in miserable weather conditions," he said. "But I think we came out of it healthy and that's really important." The seven-day race in Italy concluded with a flat, 9.2-kilometer individual time trial Tuesday won by Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) by six seconds over Adriano Malori (Lampre-Merida). Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) held on to win the overall by 23 seconds over Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling). Quinziato was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher (20th, 32 seconds behind) in the stage and Cadel Evans was best for the team overall (22nd, 9:46 behind). "These days were really hard, with lots of racing in the rain," Evans said. "I think everyone felt it pretty hard. For me, if you're a little bit underperforming, then of course it's going to show." Evans said he will take a few days off before preparing for Critérium International. Assistant Director Max Sciandri said he was glad to see Evans and the team finish strong. "Cadel reacted well yesterday and finished off today with a good time trial," he said. "And yesterday, we won the team GC on the hardest day. It's again showing that we may be missing something, but we're moving forward."
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