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BMC Racing Team's Klaas Lodewyck (leading) did his best to keep the breakaway from being caught. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
BMC Racing Team's Klaas Lodewyck (leading) did his best to keep the breakaway from being caught. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of Oman, Stage 2: Two In The Break

15. February 2012

Wadi Dayqah Dam, Oman

The BMC Racing Team threw a scare into the peloton Wednesday at the Tour of Oman by putting Martin Kohler and Klaas Lodewyck in a four-man break that nearly survived to the finish of the 140-kilometer race.

'Go Full Gas'

What had been as much as a four-minute lead was still 1:20 with 10 km remaining. But those final kilometers were hard ones for the quartet, Lodewyck said. "I told Martin on the climb to follow (Diego) Caccia and I would stay with (David) Boucher," he said. "At the top,we were all together again and the other two were looking to us. So I did a long pull and told Martin to go full gas 5 km before the finish." Unfortunately, Kohler – the Swiss national time trial champion – couldn't hold off the chase and was caught at 3 km to go. Ultimately, Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) took the stage win and assumed the overall lead. Michael Schär is best-placed for the BMC Racing Team (22nd, 26 seconds behind Sagan).