Barolo, 22 May 2014 - Colombia’s Rigoberto Urán (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step) won Stage 12, a long, rolling time trial from Barbaresco to Barolo, today. He completed the 42.2 km course in 57’34”, beating Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida) by 1’17” and Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) by 1’34”.
It was enough to give the Colombian the Maglia Rosa, 37” ahead of Cadel Evans. Rafał Majka (TInkoff Saxo), 4th in the stage, retained the Maglia Bianca of the Best Young rider and moved up to 3rd in the General Classification, 1’52” behind Urán.
Maglia Rosa – Balocco: Rigoberto Urán (Omega Pharma - Quick-Step)
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)
The stage winner and the new Maglia Rosa spoke to the press after the stage.
A surprise Maglia Rosa: “To win the time trial has great significance for me personally,, for my team, and for Colombia, and to take the Maglia Rosa as well is a nice surprise. There’s a long way to go, of course, and the real mountains are still ahead of us, but today is important. I came here twice to look at the route. I worked hard with [bike manufacturer] Specialized and went to the wind tunnel in California. I rode well in the time trial at the Tour of Romandie. During the race today, I was given repeated updates on Cadel Evans’ times, and I think it made a difference. I wanted to do well today, but I didn’t expect to win and take the jersey.”
A slow season’s start: “I wanted to do well in Tirreno-Adriatico and in the Tour of Catalonia, but I had stomach trouble so, when the results didn’t come, the team re-focused entirely on the Giro. We’re here in good health, with a great team, and we want to do well in the Giro d’Italia. I’m 27 years old, still young, but I’ve already been professional cyclist for 9 years and I think it was time I started getting results like this. I used to win time trials in Colombia, when I was still a junior.”
2nd in 2013 - better in 2014?: “Yes, I’ve learned a lot since last year. I moved to Omega Pharma - Quick-Step to be the team’s leader in the 3-week tours, and I’ve worked hard. In Ireland we were very clear about this: we said we were here to win the Giro, and that’s what we’re alining at.”
A rival?: “There isn’t just one. There are many rivals here: Quintana, Evans, Majka, Pozzovivo. The final week, the hard stages, are still ahead of us.”