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Beyer building on great impression he made at Tour of Qatar (Foto by Tim De Waele)
Beyer building on great impression he made at Tour of Qatar (Foto by Tim De Waele)

BMC's Chad Beyer wins Tour de Murrieta

16. March 2009

Murietta

The Tour de Murrieta omnium race took place in southern California this weekend, gathering together a strong domestic field for the two stage event.  Chad Beyer snagged the victory in Saturday's Downtown Murrieta criterium and locked up the overall title with a strong third place finish in Sunday's circuit race. 

With only four team members racing, BMC can feel confident that even with reduced numbers, they can perform at a high enough level to control a race.

Fast, flat, four-corner criterium

BMC brought Chad Beyer along with Tony Cruz, Taylor Tolleson and Chris Barton to contest the event in Murrieta.  Considering several teams had a much larger representation and the total number of riders in the field reached about 130, BMC would have to be very cagey and selective in their tactics.  "There were just four of us again, but we all road really well together," Beyer reported.  "The race on Saturday was very aggressive with attacks happening all the time, but none of them were really able to get too much time on the field."  All four members of BMC were joining in several of the breaks.  Late in the race, a two man break gained around 40 seconds on the peloton.  "A Fly-V and a Time team racer took off and looked like they might stay away," Beyer said.  "Then with 7 laps to go Tony Cruz attacked with another rider and got a really good gap again."  Not willing to let BMC's former Criterium National Champion get away, Rock Racing pulled back the duo with around 3 laps remaining.  That left only the first two-man break still up the road. 

Timing is everything

"Rock worked really hard to bring Tony back and after they caught him, there was a little pause in the driving of the peloton," Beyer explained.  "So with about 1 lap to go, I attacked as hard as I could, bridged up to and passed the two guys in the break, and just held on for the win."  Though Beyer is in his first year as a professional, the BMC management has been extremely impressed with their new signing.  The talented Beyer is quick to point out that the team has been a huge asset in his recent successes: "When I attacked at the end of the criterium, it was just the perfect time to go," Beyer said.  "I could have gone just as the group caught Tony, but instead our director suggested I wait a little, which was perfect since I couldn't have held them off for too much longer than I did!"

In the leader's jersey for Stage 2

With the advantage and responsibility of holding the leader's jersey, the four BMC team members had their work cut out for them during the 100km (60 mile) circuit race on Sunday.  "Chris, Tony and Taylor worked so well for me and were instrumental in helping me keep the lead," Beyer said.  The windy day was again jam-packed with aggressive riding.  "All four of us were spending the day covering moves and even trying to create a few," Beyer said.  "I was following the moves made by guys close to me on the GC since if I go, the guys behind me on the GC would have to work just as hard or harder to keep me close."  Not willing to wait for the other GC contenders to attack, Beyer took the race to them.  "With about 10 miles to go, I attacked hard from the pack and only Floyd Landis, and a guy from Rock Racing and Fly-V came with me," Beyer recalled.  Landis racing more or less to gain fitness was willing to ride with Beyer to help make the break stick.  "Floyd and I were really driving the break while the other two sat on," Beyer said.  "Floyd just wanted to go hard and it was awesome that he was willing to work with me because there's no way I could have stayed away alone for that long with the other two sitting on."  After having had a very successful season debut at the Tour of Qatar, and having ridden strongly at the Merco Cycling Classic, Chad Beyer can feel confident and proud of his performances as a neo-pro.  BMC is looking forward to even bigger and better things from the young man from Phoenix.