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Cadel Evans remains the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider. (©Sirotti.)
Cadel Evans remains the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider. (©Sirotti.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 6: Thor Hushovd ninth, Taylor Phinney out of time.

11. March 2013

BMC Racing Team rider Thor Hushovd finished ninth in a hard sixth stage at Tirreno-Adriatico. Taylor Phinney drove solo for 120 km of the 209 km long stage in rainy weather conditions.

Heroic Stage. 


The sixth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico will be remembered as a heroic one with a lot of rain and steep climbs. A group of 16 riders made the break at the beginning of the race and made a total of 4 minutes. With 40 kilometers to go at the ascent of Sant'Elpidio a Mare (gradient 30 percent) the breakaway was reduced one-by-one. Even the peloton was fragmented in several groups due to this climb. During the last kilometers Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) attacked, only Peter Sagan (Cannondale) and Joaquin Rodríguez (Katusha) were able to follow. In the end Sagan won the sprint of three. BMC Racing Team rider Thor Hushovd finished as the teams-best on a ninth place which gives hem confidence for the upcoming races. "I'm really happy that I was able to do a good placing especially after a hard race. It is not the best result but it is a good sign for the future and the next race Milan-SanRemo." 



120 kilometers solo ride. 


BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri could summarize the hard stage in six words. "Wet, cold, dirty, hard, dangerous and crazy, you had everything in this stage. But I think the team did well." Taylor Phinney finished as last rider after a solo ride of 120 kilometers behind the peloton. A real heroes performance which wasn't enough to stay in the race. Taylor who was hoping to stay in the race accepts the decision. "I kind of did the map after the stage and I figured out that I was going to be timed-out, but you always hope for some kind of special rule, but for me rules are rules and I respect that. Today was an interesting day and probably one of the hardest stages I've ever seen." Cadel Evans, 18th in todays stage, finished in the same group of Thor Hushovd and remains the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider 22nd overall, 9:25 behind Vinenzo Nibali who overtook the overall lead. Runner-up Chris Froome (Sky Procycling)is now 34 seconds behind. Tirreno-Adriatico ends tomorrow with a 9.2 km individual time trial. The BMC Racing Team will competes tomorrow with 6 riders, as Stephen Cummings abandoned - as many other riders - in this rain-soaked stage. 

Click here to listen to complete comments from Thor Hushovd and Taylor Phinney on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.