BMC look for answers as Evans is rolled over

Before the halfway stage of the Tour de France, an unprecedented British victory in Paris later this month moved a step closer to reality.

For defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia, who lost nearly two minutes to British rival Bradley Wiggins on Monday, the time is approaching to look for like-minded racers who can help him defend his 2011 crown.

Wiggins, who took the yellow jersey Saturday on the first hilltop finish, produced a stunning individual performance on the race's first time trial to claim his maiden stage win on the race.

His time of 51min 24sec for a 41.5 km race against the clock was 1min 43sec faster than Evans and 2:07 faster than Italian contender Vincenzo Nibali.

With Chris Froome in second at 35secs and moving up to third overall 14secs behind Evans, Team Sky could not be in a better strategic position two days before the first of two stages in the high Alps.

By this time last year Wiggins had crashed out injured and Evans was the best placed of the authentic yellow jersey contenders.

But even the Australian, who lost no time to Wiggins on the climbing stages held so far, admitted his surprise that the Londoner and Kenyan-born Froome had "got first and second in the time trial".

"They were exceptional," he said.

BMC team manager Jim Ochowicz could only agree.

"I think that Wiggins and Froome both had a great day today, obviously," said the American.

BMC had used Fabian Cancellara, the four-time world champion who had posted the provisional best time prior to Evans' start, as their benchmark. The Swiss would eventually finish third at 57sec behind Wiggins.

"He's our gauge most of the time when we go to time trials like this... because he's the benchmark, and they pretty much took care of him, and they left everybody else even further behind," added Ochowicz.

"I can't say Cadel rode a bad time trial. He rode his normal type of time trial in this scenario."

BMC sports director John Lelangue also tried to put a positive spin on their setback.

"We're a little disappointed, but Cadel and Tejay both did good time trials," said Lelangue. Young American Tejay Van Garderen did even better than Evans finishing in fourth at just 1:06 behind Wiggins.

Using aggressive tactics with riders in similar situations in the mountain stages is now likely to be on Evans' agenda.

But while Lelangue considers his options on the race's first rest day Tuesday, he tried to remain upbeat.

"We've got two weeks left so we'll be looking at things closely to see what we can do," added the Belgian.

"There's two weeks for us to try and think about our attacking strategy and then we'll see how things lie before the last time trial of the race.

"It's in each rider's interest to play his own attacking game, but it's far too soon to start talking about alliances."

When asked the same question, Ochowicz was equally coy.

"We don't know yet. We'll have a lot of time to kick this around and come up with a strategy for the races that are coming around at the end of this week," he said.

"Obviously the game has changed a bit more in their direction but the race is long from over."


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Developers prepare for new rules and regulations
    Developers prepare for new rules and regulations

    Known as the "Subdivision and Condominium Buyers' Protective Decree," Presidential Decree No. 957 issued two sets of revised implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) earlier in 2015. A bill initiated by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1976, the decree and its most recent amendments were designed to "protect buyers from fraudulent and unscrupulous subdivision and condominium sellers, operators and developers," according to the explanatory note that accompanied the bill in its senate …

  • ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’
    ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’

    Lawmakers are demanding the arrest of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters involved in the killing of 44 policemen in Mamasapano before the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the 75-member ad hoc committee in the House of Representatives deliberating on the BBL, prodded the Department of Justice (DOJ) to speed up its investigation and file charges against the MILF guerrillas as the Aquino administration …

  • Pinoys dance for Earth Hour
    Pinoys dance for Earth Hour

    The Philippines once again displayed its support Saturday night for the worldwide observance of Earth Hour by hosting a dance party after turning the lights off from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to save energy and make a statement on various environmental issues. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said widespread participation proved anew that no individual action on climate change is too small and that no collective vision is too big with celebrations in over 7,000 hubs in 170 countries. The WWF said …

  • Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China
    Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The quid pro quo was contained in a note verbale the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) handed to a representative of the Malaysian embassy last week, a week after the visit of Malaysian Defense Minister Dato  Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission …

  • Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday
    Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday

    A typhoon with international name Maysak is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday and bring rains over Northern Luzon by weekend, the state weather bureau said yesterday. Aldczar Aurelio, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the typhoon was 2,810 kilometers east of Mindanao as of 10 a.m. yesterday. “This typhoon is still too far to affect any part of the country,” the weather …

  • Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed

    Child rights advocates called on senators to pass and strongly endorse a law that will institutionalize positive and nonviolent methods of disciplining children.The Child Rights Network (CRN), Plan International Philippines (PIP), Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLPCD), and Lihok Pilipinas Foundation led the call for the enactment of the Positive Discipline Bill.Several Quezon City Council members led by Majority Floor Leader Jesus Manuel Suntay, Victor Ferrer …

  • Method to their madness

    [caption id="attachment_256768" align="alignright" width="212"] Illustration by Rod Cañalita[/caption] EMMANUEL PORTUGAL Country Manager for the Philippines, VMware I look after the garden. I’d like to think that I have a green thumb—no plants have died so far! The ones I like now that I planted a few months ago is the Blue Iris. Like the town in the movie, my Blue Iris shows up in the morning and only appears for one day. …

  • JGFP Summer Tour on today

    The summer tour for local junior golfers kicks off with the holding of the ICTSI-JGFP Baguio Junior Open today and tomorrow at the treacherous Baguio Country Club course in Baguio.Sixty players aged 6 to 17 years old are entered in the 36-hole tourney serving as the opening leg of the summer circuit organized by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines with the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Foundation as main sponsor. ... …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options