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Scott Nydam is well prepared for the challenges to come in Gila's final stage (foto by AbbiOrca.com)
Scott Nydam is well prepared for the challenges to come in Gila's final stage (foto by AbbiOrca.com)

BMC makes it through Gila crit almost unscathed

3. mei 2009

Silver City

With practically no chance that Sunday's criterium would have any impact on the overall GC, the day's task became one of staying safe and conserving energy.  BMC's three participants managed to do exactly that for 38 of the 40 laps. 

However, with less than two laps left in the crit, Scott Nydam slid out, sustaining minor scrapes, and causing the only excitement of the day.  Chad Beyer and Florian Stalder managed to avoid the crash, and have all eyes are trained on the Monster Road Race which starts early Sunday morning.   Amateur racer from the Landrover-Orbea, Roman van Uden, out-sprinted some of the top fast men in the domestic peloton to snag an unexpected stage win.

Quiet stage, exciting final 6 corners

"It was an interesting day since nothing really happened during the race, and then all of a sudden the last two laps had all these mishaps," BMC Director Mike Sayers said.  "The last two laps were crazy and Scott went down.  Though he didn't suffer any major road rash, he is a bit scraped up."  "Going into the final few corners I was on Lance's wheel and as we were just pulling in an escapee, Lance was beginning to surge like he was going to attack," Nydam said.  "At that moment I was thinking 'sweet! Lance is about to attack and I'll be right on his wheel!'  But Lance had to make a strange manoeuvre to get around the guys who were caught at the same moment I was accelerating and just washed out."  The fact that Nydam suffered only minor cuts bodes well for the team's goals on the tough stage facing the racers on Sunday.  "Tomorrow will be a long day, but since Scott has only scrapes, he should be fit for the road race," Sayers said. 

Monster job for a monster stage

Facing over five hours of mountainous racing on Sunday, there is no predicting how the general classification will shake out after the winner crosses the finish line.  "The stage will unfold slowly since the majority of the climbs come in the second half of the stage," Nydam said.  "After descending into the state park, the climb back out is probably the hardest part of the stage; tomorrow is a real stage with some serious climbing."  Past editions of the event have proved that the Monster Road Race is where only the strongest find success.  Though reduced in numbers, BMC can feel confident that they are well prepared for the challenge ahead.  "Today we were certainly looking to preserve our strength and save it for tomorrow," Nydam said.