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Amaël Moinard (leading) is the BMC Racing Team's only rider remaining in the race. (Photo by Sean Weide, BMC Racing Team.)
Amaël Moinard (leading) is the BMC Racing Team's only rider remaining in the race. (Photo by Sean Weide, BMC Racing Team.)

País Vasco, Stage 5: Moinard Survives 'Horrible' Day

5. April 2013

Amaël Moinard was the only BMC Racing Team rider to make it to the finish of Friday's 166.1-kilometer stage of Vuelta al País Vasco that included rain, sleet and even some snowflakes at the higher elevations of 10 categorized climbs.

'A Fight By Myself'
On the penultimate day of the race, Moinard finished 38th, 3:02 behind stage winner Richie Porte, whose Sky Procycling teammate, Sergio Henao, kept the overall lead. Numerous riders withdrew, including five from the BMC Racing Team: world road champion Philippe Gilbert, Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler, Dominik Nerz, Tejay van Garderen and Larry Warbasse. Moinard said it was his hardest day of racing since the GP de Zurich in 2005. "It was just horrible today," he said. "The race was always up and down, never flat and real tricky – so it was hard to go to the car to take some stuff. Then you were at the end of the group, and you were suffering after each corner. In the end it was just a fight by myself." Gilbert agreed. "I was not really recovered and not really motivated for today," he said. "The classics are next week and I don't know if it was so good to go very deep today." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said bad weather and Pais Vasco seem to go hand-in-hand. "The conditions were very difficult and today was the worst."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Gilbert and Moinard on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.