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The weather has been unseasonable nice for the first two days of the race. (photo courtesy: Tour de Wallonie Picarde)
The weather has been unseasonable nice for the first two days of the race. (photo courtesy: Tour de Wallonie Picarde)

Franco-Belge, Stage 2: Phinney's Late Attack

30. September 2011

Poperinge, Belgium

Taylor Phinney tried a late attack in Friday's second stage of Circuit Franco-Belge but the BMC Racing Team rider couldn't gain more than an handful of seconds' advantage before being brought back.

Testing The Legs

With 15 kilometers left in the 154.2 km race, Phinney said he ignored an upset stomach that nearly had him vomiting in the final moments of Stage 1 when he finished 25th. "I wanted to test the legs for the queen stage on Sunday and put in a good attack over the last climb today," he said. "Unfortunately, nobody could follow me through the downhill, so I wound up out there by myself. It was somewhat of a suicide attack but a good test for Sunday. I'm hoping my stomach problems will be resolved by then." Chris Sutton (Sky Pro Cycling) won the stage in a bunch sprint and Robbie McEwen (Team RadioShack) kept the overall lead. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said Saturday's flat stage could favor Phinney. "His condition is good and he's motivated," Verbrugghe said.