Savona, 21 May 2014 - Michael Rogers (Tinkoff Saxo), the 3-times world time trial champion back in 2003, 2004 and 2005, rode alone to victory in stage 11 of the Giro d’Italia today, from Collecchio to Savona (249 km).
Rogers attacked on the final descent of the stage, and held off the peloton to win by10 seconds. At the front of a chasing group of about 40 riders, Simon Geschke (Giant Shimano) outsprinted Giovanni Battaglin (Bardiani CSF. Those two finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) retained the Maglia Rosa by finishing 13th, safely in the group that finished 10 seconds down on Rogers.
Maglia Rosa – Balocco: Cadel Evans (BMC Racing)
Maglia Rossa – Algida: Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.FR)
Maglia Bianca – F.lli Orsero: Rafał Majka (TInkoff Saxo)
Maglia Azzurra – Banca Mediolanum: Julián Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing)
After the stage, Rogers and Evans spoke to the press.
Michael Rogers (Tinkoff Saxo)
The ex-time trial specialist.
"Look, I’ve always loved time trials, but I made it to the top of the tree and, to be honest, I wanted to try my hand in 3-week stage races. I didn’t succeed and, in a sense, I regret letting the time trials go. I lost a lot of weight and strength. At my age, in recent years, it’s difficult to get it back. Sometimes I manage it, and in short stage races, I can get results."
Tomorrow’s time trial.
"I haven’t seen it. Tomorrow morning we’ll go and look in the car. From what I understand, it’s very hard. There are 15 kms at a gradient of 3-4 %, then it rolls up and down. I think it’s a route for a rider with legs. It’s been a nervous, difficult Giro for the peloton, with some hard stages and bad weather, and the peloton is very tired.”
His former team-mate.
"I know [Cadel] well. Being Australians, we grew together as amateurs. Cadel has always been a classy rider. The first part of his career was on a mountain bike and sometimes he came to find us in the Under-23 Australian team. We were happy when he did, because he won races, and we made some money out of it [laughs]. He’s always been mentally strong, with lots of heart. He has a very strong team, they’re riding well, and he has a great directeur sportif in Valerio Piva, who has lots of experience and is very intelligent. I think they use the team very well. They know their strengths, and Cadel’s experience in 3-week races is almost unrivalled.”
Cadel Evans (BMC Racing)
Tomorrow’s Time Trial.
“It has 3 climbs. The first is a rolling, gentle climb, with 6 curves on the down hill. The second climbs a little bit harder and takes longer, from what I remember. The last pitch to the finish is quite steep. It’s comparable to the time trial we had in last year’s Giro, with the steep finish. With rolling roads, hilly, and a real mix, it seems most adapted to a climber who has some power on the flat as well. On paper it looks like the time trial course should suit my characteristics.”
“Like any other day, I’d like to improve my margin on my rivals. Rigobertyo Urán seems good and is improving day by day, and another name who might be able to do a result and is riding well is Majka. He seems a rider we should pay attention to. As for Quintana, we haven’t seen him much so far. I don’t know what to expect. I’m concentrating on my own result. We’ll see in tomorrow's results."