BMC Racing Team Wins Giro del Trentino Team Time Trial
Team BMC Racing powered to victory in the stage 1 team time trial of this year's Giro del Trentino in Italy earlier this afternoon. Delivering an average speed of no less than 56.62 kilometers per hour the BMC team beat Team NetApp-Endura and Team Sky Pro Cycling and put Daniel Oss in the overall race lead.
Daniel Oss was first to cross the finish line for the BMC Racing Team and pulled on the fuchsia race leader's jersey on the podium in Arco, less than an hour from his birth town of Trento. The roaring crowds, therefore, celebrated Oss as a "hometown winner."
"It is amazing because this is my home and I did not expect this result," Oss explained. "I was a bit nervous before the start, but I wanted to to do this and we did it. So I feel good now."
The BMC Racing Team covered the 13.4 kilometer in 00:14:12, five seconds faster than runner-up NetApp-Endura and nine seconds faster than Team Sky Pro Cycling in third. The Movistar-Canyon Bikes team finished fourth, 12 seconds behind BMC, and Cannondale Pro Cycling Team crossed the finish line in fifth, at 13 seconds.
Joining Oss on the winning team time trial team was Brent Bookwalter, Yannick Eijssen, Cadel Evans, Martin Kohler, Sebastian Lander, Steve Morabito and Germany's Rick Zabel, who earned the white jersey of best young rider.
The BMC Racing Team also won the opening stage team time trial in the 2012 edition of the Giro del Trentino, though remarkably none of the riders from that squad were part of Tuesday's team.
Today's victory is Oss' first since joining the BMC Racing Team before the 2012 season. It is also his first time he puts on a leader's jersey in his professional career and the first time he was part of a winning team time trial squad.
While being known for its qualities which fit well with the demands of team time trials, the NetApp-Endura team was surprised to be able to take second place in today's race.
"We weren't counting on a podium spot with this heavily competitive field. Second place is yet another level compared to previous years. The team worked incredibly well today, and everyone rode at their limit and without making any mistakes. And when that's rewarded with such a good result, then everyone can be very satisfied," Team NetApp–Endura Sports Director Enrico Poitschke explained.
Team BMC Racing's Sport Director Fabio Baldato, who guided the team in today's team time trial, said the team's performance in the opening stage of the four-day race went perfectly to plan.
"It was great to be here two days before and work together on the time trial bikes," Baldato explained. "Everybody was really strong. We started full gas. We said we needed to start fast and be on the limit immediately."
Baldato said there was no pre-race plan for who would lead the team across the finish line. "I didn't want to plan who would be first, but I was thinking it would be nice for Daniel because he lives here, he's at home with all the fans and now he can spend more time with the journalists and give some peace to Cadel (Evans) early," Baldato continued. "But for sure, from tomorrow, Cadel (Evans) is the only leader we have in this race."