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Steve Cummings (center) notched his sixth top 10 finish of the season. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Steve Cummings (center) notched his sixth top 10 finish of the season. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Cummings Eighth At Circuit de la Sarthe

11. April 2014

BMC Racing Team's Martin Kohler featured in the breakaway and teammate Stephen Cummings finished eighth overall Friday at Circuit de la Sarthe.

The Course:
The 184.8-kilometer course from Abbaye de l'Épau to La Ferté-Bernard concluded with nine laps of a circuit featuring a climb.

Kohler In The Escape:
Kohler, a past Swiss national road and time trial champion, went away early with Tony Hurel (Team Europcar) and Mikhail Ignatyev (Team Katusha). The trio gained a maximum lead of more than seven minutes, but the peloton brought the move back with 45 km to go.

The Finish:
Five riders who broke away in the final 30 km held on to finish eight seconds ahead of the chasing pack. Axel Domont (AG2R La Mondiale) took the win, three seconds ahead of Angelo Tulik (Team Europcar) and Anthony Geslin (FDJ.fr). Ben Hermans, in 31st, was best for the BMC Racing Team.

In The Overall Standings:
Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Sharp), who won Thursday's stage, held on to take the overall ahead of teammate Rohan Dennis, while Julien Simon (COFIDIS, Solutions Crédits) completed the podium. Cummings finished 30 seconds behind while Hermans (12th, at 40 seconds, Peter Stetina (18th, at 1:20) and Brent Bookwalter (21st, at 1:40) were also in the top 25 for the BMC Racing Team.

What Cummings Said:
"I think the race went well. We did good work for the upcoming races, like Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège and that was important. I was disappointed after the time trial; I had more in the tank at the finish because I misjudged the effort. The team ambiance was great, so it was really enjoyable. My legs felt very good, which is very encouraging and I am really excited about the upcoming races."

What Kohler Said:
"I lost a lot of time yesterday and was very disappointed, since this was a goal race for me. So all I could do today was to take the break and hopefully go to the finish. The three of us were more than 10 minutes down on the general classification. So Garmin would have let us go to the finish. But not Cofidis, which wanted to take the bonus seconds. It's a pity because I was the strongest in the breakaway. I felt better today than the last few days, so this gives me my confidence back which I had lost a bit the last couple of days."

What Sport Director Jackson Stewart Said:
"I think we did the best we could here. We had guys coming back from injury and sickness and this was not a big objective race for us, only having six riders. But everybody did the best they could and I think we are confident that we all got something out of it."

See photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team Flickr gallery.