Cadel Evans refuses to be daunted, warning there's a long way to go after surprisingly yielding his Giro d'Italia leader's jersey to Colombia's Rigoberto Uran.
The hilly 42km individual time trial of stage 12 was expected to play to Australia's 2011 Tour de France champion Evan's strengths and pad his lead at the halfway mark before the grand tour heads toward its big mountain stages.
But Uran had other ideas as he produced the time trial of his life on Thursday to finish fastest by 1m37s from Italy's Diego Ulissi with Evans a further 17 seconds slower in third place.
"I worked a lot on my time trial, spending time in the wind tunnel over the winter, but today surpassed my expectations," Uran said.
"It's too early to say the race is over. We still have not raced the hardest mountains yet. The most difficult part of the Giro is still to come."
Evans now sits in second place overall, 37 seconds down on Uran, but still well placed to challenge for victory.
"I saw Uran coming into form but I honestly did not expect him to have such an amazing time trial," said Evans, noting the other top times were all quite close.
Evans admitted tricky conditions made him cautious in the closing stages.
"Everything went well in this Giro until yesterday but I went a bit slow today," he told cyclingnews.com.