Cadel Evans admitted disappointment after the team time trial stage gave rival and race favourite Bradley Wiggins an early advantage in the three-week Giro d'Italia.
Evans' BMC Racing team was not well-suited to the hilly 17.4km course for the second stage on the island of Ischia and crossed the line 12th while reigning Tour de France champion Wiggins' dominant Team Sky was first, 37 seconds faster.
Australian Evans, the 2011 Tour de France winner, couldn't fault his team's effort but had hoped to be closer than his 60th position overall, with Wiggins sitting in second place.
"Thirty-seven seconds is a little bit below what I had hoped or expected, but that's the way it is," said Evans.
"The guys put in everything. Someone like Klaas Lodewyck - he really gave it absolutely everything he had today, so I'm certainly not going to ask anything more of him."
BMC's assistant director Max Sciandri admitted the team had struggled on the hillier sections.
"I think if you look at the winning team, it is more of an imprint of a climber team," said Sciandri
"We had so me really good guys who can go on the flats like a regular time trial. But we struggled a little bit with some guys on the climbs. But I don't think we could have given anything more."
Italian Salvatore Puccio of Team Sky took possession of the leader's pink jersey from overnight leader Mark Cavendish who won Stage 1.
Cavendish's Omega Pharma-Quickstep team could finish only 17th in the 23-team field in a time of 22min 53sec that was 48sec behind Team Sky.
The Australian-owned Orica-GreenEDGE team was ninth in the team trial, 28 seconds behind Team Sky.
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