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Brent Bookwalter had to work hard just to reach the breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Brent Bookwalter had to work hard just to reach the breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 5: Bookwalter In The Break

6. June 2013

BMC Racing Team's Brent Bookwalter was part of a 15-man breakaway that only split up on the final climb to the mountain-top finish Thursday at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

'Great Job To Represent'
Bookwalter went on to place a team-best 25th, as the final rider from the escape group – Matthew Busche (RadioShack-Leopard) – was only caught in the final 300 meters by stage winner and new race leader Christopher Froome (Sky Procycling) and runner-up Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff). "I'm happy for Brent," Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "It was important for us to be in the breakaway and he did a great job to represent." Bookwalter, runner-up at the U.S. national championships in the road race and the time trial, said he had to work hard just to get in the escape group. "I actually had to go across late with two other guys," he said. "It took us 15 to 20 kilometers to get across the gap. That didn't help my cause, but I felt good and we were working well together until about 15 km before the final climb and then Francesco Gavazzi, who was best-placed on the general classification, started sitting on." A crash about two kilometers before the foot of the finishing climb of the 139-kilometer race created a moment of chaos and split the bunch. "Dominik Nerz and Ivan Santaromita had to go full out, which is not ideal at the start of a climb like that," Ledanois said. Friday's stage could be one for Thor Hushovd, Ledanois said. The former world road champion already has a fourth-place finish on Stage 3.