Marco Pinotti, the Italian time trial specialist, returns to competition at the Giro del Trentino after returning from a high-speed crash he suffered in February.
The BMC Racing team veteran hit the deck hard in the stage 2 time trial of the Tour Méditerranéen in France, breaking two ribs and his left collarbone. The five-time national time trial champion has been training for six weeks to rebuild his condition, BMC officials reported.
“I guess I’m halfway in the recovery process,” Pinotti said on the team’s website. “Having been sidelined four and a half weeks, I need about 12-13 weeks to get back to my former level.”
Cadel Evans, meanwhile, will race at the mid-week Trentino tour (April 16-19), held in the high mountains of northern Italy to prepare for a start at the upcoming Giro d’Italia (May 4-26).
The 2011 Tour de France champion altered his racing schedule and announced he would race the Giro this year, in part to gain fitness ahead of the Tour de France.
“I look forward to racing on long and hard climbs in a good field,” Evans said. “I just want to be able to ride well with the team and use it to get ready for the Giro d’Italia.”
Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said one goal would be the Stage 2 team time trial.
“Last year, we won it with Taylor Phinney and Alessandro Ballan and we have strong riders again with Evans, Pinotti, and Sebastian Lander,” Baldato said. “We will do a training camp for it on Monday to try to be ready to make our best result.”
BMC Racing’s Giro del Trentino roster
Adam Blythe (GBR)
Yannick Eijssen (BEL)
Cadel Evans (AUS)
Martin Kohler (SUI)
Sebastian Lander (DEN)
Marco Pinotti (ITA)
Ivan Santaromita (ITA)
Larry Warbasse (USA)