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Steve Morabito (right) has been keeping a close eye on defending Tour de Romandie champion Cadel Evans. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Steve Morabito (right) has been keeping a close eye on defending Tour de Romandie champion Cadel Evans. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de Romandie, Stage 3: Five Still In Contention

27. April 2012

Tejay van Garderen sprinted to 12th place and Steve Morabito was 13th Friday as the BMC Racing Team kept five riders well-placed in the overall classification at the Tour de Romandie.

Good Situation
Bradley Wiggins (Sky Pro Cycling) held onto the race lead by one second over stage winner Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank Cycling Team). Morabito remains the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider overall in 13th, 14 seconds behind. With two days to go, four of his teammates are within half a minute of the lead: van Garderen (:15), Cadel Evans (:21) and Amaël Moinard and Johann Tschopp (both :25). "Today was a quiet day overall, nothing special for us," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said. "Our protected leaders are still here and we still have a group of well-placed riders so that's a good thing."

Stage Finish Near Morabito's Home
Moinard, who was part of the squad that helped Evans win Critérium International last month, said Saturday's 184-kilometer race will be pivotal before the 16.2 km time trial Sunday. "We will have to stay attentive to keep Tejay and Cadel in the first group," he said. "I think tomorrow will be a stage where teams will try to make it hard for Team Sky." Tschopp said he is looking forward to the challenge of the stage that finishes within five kilometers of Morabito's home. "For guys like Steve, Amaël and me, the good thing is we are well-placed overall, so if there are some attacks from dangerous guys for the GC we can follow the move and keep an eye on the situation," he said. "We're here to control the race and work for our protected riders."

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