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Daniel Oss (center) was among the BMC Racing Team riders who helped keep Philippe Gilbert and Taylor Phinney out of trouble. (©Sirotti.)
Daniel Oss (center) was among the BMC Racing Team riders who helped keep Philippe Gilbert and Taylor Phinney out of trouble. (©Sirotti.)

Eneco Tour, Stage 4: Escaping The Crash

15. augustus 2013

World road champion Philippe Gilbert and his BMC Racing Team teammate, Taylor Phinney, escaped a crash in the final six kilometers of Thursday's stage of the Eneco Tour of Benelux to hold onto their top 10 positions overall on the eve of the race's individual time trial.

Team Protected Its Leaders
A dozen riders were involved in the pile-up that happened not long after the peloton caught the last of a four-man breakaway that had been away for much of the 169.6-kilometer race. "It was very fast and very dangerous at the end on the final circuit," Gilbert said. "But the team did a great job. We were always in front, which was important." Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said the entire BMC Racing Team did a great job to avoid going down in the pile-up, which split the peloton. "I saw in the last 70 or 80 kilometers all the guys in the front around Philippe and Taylor," Baldato said. "It was special to see a team riding like this." Andre Greipel (Lotto Belisol) took the win ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack Leopard) and Lars Boom (Belkin Pro Cycling), who took the race lead. Gilbert is fifth, seven seconds behind Boom, heading into Friday's 13.2-km time trial. Phinney, who was third in a 37-km time trial 12 days ago at the Tour de Pologne, is 17 seconds off the lead in ninth. "Poland's (time trial) was a lot longer and at the end of a very long week," Phinney said. "I like it when it's a bit shorter. I know I wasn't at my best in Poland and I think I will be better here."

Listen to complete comments from Baldato, Gilbert (Dutch and English) and Phinney on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.