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BMC Racing Team's Larry Warbasse was in the breakaway a day after finishing fourth in the individual time trial. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
BMC Racing Team's Larry Warbasse was in the breakaway a day after finishing fourth in the individual time trial. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Tour de San Luis, Stage 6: Warbasse In The Breakaway

25. January 2014

BMC Racing Team's Larry Warbasse was part of a seven-man breakaway and teammates Darwin Atapuma and Peter Stetina while onto their places in the top 10 Saturday at the Tour de San Luis.

The Stage:
The 184.4-kilometer queen stage started in Las Chacras and featured two categorized climbs in the final 10 kilometers. The Category 1 summit finish on Mirador del Sol spanned 6.6 km with an average grade of 7.5 percent.

The Day's Breakaway:
Warbasse and six others – Juan Arango (Team Colombia), Gregory Brenes (Jamis-Hagens Berman), Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol), Anthony Delaplace (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), Jens Keukeleire (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Richard Mascarañas (Uruguay National Team) – attacked early and gained a maximum advantage of 5:50. The last of them was caught as the first of the two climbs began.

The Winning Move:
Much like he did against Stetina on Stage 2, Julian Arredondo (Trek Factory Racing) out-sprinted Sergio Godoy (San Luis Somos Todos), as race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) finished third. Arredondo's win was the third of the week by a Trek Factory Racing team rider.

Best For The BMC Racing Team:
Atapuma finished 12th, 36 seconds behind Arrendono, while Stetina was 18th, 54 seconds off the winner's time.

In The Overall Standings:
Quintana holds a 26-second lead over Phillip Gaimon (Garmin-Sharp) with one stage remaining. Sergio Godoy (San Luis Somos Todos) is third, 2:01 behind. Stetina is sixth, 2:57 off the lead, and Atapuma is ninth, at 3:21.

What Atapuma Had To Say:
"I am very happy about the team work that also today was excellent. But I am sad because I couldn’t finalize their great job with a good result. But we are working at the best and we hope we will be able to gain some victories as soon as possible."

What Sport Director Jackson Stewart said:
"It didn't turn out as well as we hoped. It was a good try by everyone. We put Larry in the break and we were hoping he could get some good time to the base and maybe go for the stage if maybe the other teams were content with that. (But) they weren't. San Luis Somos Todos and Movistar pulled all day and brought it back and they both ended up getting beat anyway. Atapuma wasn't feeling the best, and, by the looks of Stetina, he wasn't on his best day either. We executed our plan perfectly, we can't really say we made any mistakes. There were just some guys better than us on the day."

Listen to comments from Atapuma (Spanish) and Stewart on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

Click here to view photos from the race.