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BMC Racing Team's Adam Blythe remains 10th overall with one day to go at the Tour of Qatar. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
BMC Racing Team's Adam Blythe remains 10th overall with one day to go at the Tour of Qatar. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of Qatar, Stage 5: Dangerous Day

9. February 2012

Al Khor Corniche, Qatar

Adam Blythe, Thor Hushovd and Martin Kohler all hit the ground in a big crash Thursday at the Tour of Qatar. But the three BMC Racing Team riders recovered to finish in the pack as the overall standings remained unchanged heading into the race's final day.

No Serious Injuries

Blythe was the most shaken up of the three involved in the crash in a crosswind section that took down more than 20 riders. BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said Blythe has his Bell helmet to thank for preventing more serious injuries. "His helmet broke from the impact and he has a big gash on his left knee," Lelangue said. "Thor was in the middle of everything and someone's chainring hit his shoulder. You can see the mark on his jersey from it, but there's nothing broken, only some bruising." Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) won his second stage and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) kept the overall lead. "In the sprint, we tried to play Taylor Phinney," Lelangue said. "But he hit another wheel and broke a few spokes so he was unable to sprint."