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Marco Pinotti earned the intermediate sprints jersey on the penultimate day of Pais Vasco. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Marco Pinotti earned the intermediate sprints jersey on the penultimate day of Pais Vasco. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Pais Vasco, Stage 5: Pinotti Rewarded After Tough Day

6. April 2012

Riding through the rain and cold in a breakaway for part of Friday's stage of Pais Vasco, BMC Racing Team's Marco Pinotti was rewarded for his efforts with the green jersey of intermediate sprints leader.

Won Two Sprints
Pinotti was part of a nine-man breakaway that that formed about 60 from the finish of the 183 km race. Though his group was never given much freedom, Pinotti won two intermediate sprints and was second on a third to earn the special classification jersey with only a final time trial remaining. Pinotti said he didn't have the energy to follow an attack by Robert Kiserlovski (Astana Pro Team) on a climb with about 20 km to go. "It was such a hard day," Pinotti said. "He (Kiserlovski) attacked on the hardest part of the climb. I tried to just keep my pace, otherwise I would have bonked." Ultimately, Kiserlovski finished third as Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) outsprinted Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) to keep the overall lead. "It's too bad Kiserlovski was in that break because he was only 25 seconds off the lead," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. "But the important thing was that Marco wanted to try a breakaway and that was great."

Cummings Injures Wrist
Three BMC Racing Team riders did not finish the rain-soaked race: Martin Kohler and Amaël Moinard due to stomach issues and Steve Cummings, who crashed after about 40 kms, injuring his left wrist. "I just saw a Saxo Bank guy hit the guy's wheel in front of him and then he fell in front of me," Cummings said. "I think my wrist took the brunt of it. I got back on and tried to go but I just couldn't hold the handlebars." BMC Racing Team Dr. Giovanni Ruffini said he will perform a detailed examination this weekend to determine the full extent of Cummings' injury. Already, Cummings has missed six weeks of racing after breaking his pelvis in a crash at Volta ao Algarve in February.