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Some of the BMC Racing Team riders and staff posed for a photo before departure of the final stage. (Photo by Sean Weide, BMC Racing Team.)
Some of the BMC Racing Team riders and staff posed for a photo before departure of the final stage. (Photo by Sean Weide, BMC Racing Team.)

Nerz's Top 15 Result Best For BMC Racing Team At Vuelta

15. September 2013

Dominik Nerz – in 14th place – was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher overall Sunday as the Vuelta a España concluded in Madrid.

Nerz Pleased With His Performance
Yannick Eijssen, Martin Kohler, Klaas Lodewyck, Nerz, Ivan Santaromita and Danilo Wyss were the six riders of the BMC Racing Team's nine starters who made it to the finish after three weeks and 3,358.9 kilometers. Nerz's finish was the best by a BMC Racing Team rider in the three years the team has participated in the Spanish grand tour. Nerz scored both of his top 10 finishes on mountainous stages in the final week. He was fourth on the climb to Aramon Fromigal on Stage 16 and sixth on Saturday's ascent of the Alto de L'Angliru. "I'm happy," Nerz said. "I think it was a good performance for me for the three weeks. I'm really happy it's over now." Sunday's stage was won by Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) as Lodewyck finished 15th. Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) took the overall victory, 37 seconds ahead of Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) and 96 seconds ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team).

Stage Win, 11 Top 10 Finishes
Over the course of the three-week race, the BMC Racing Team won one stage (Stage 12 with world road champion Philippe Gilbert), finished runner-up on another (Stage 7 with Gilbert) and registered 11 top 10 finishes. "We are happy," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "It was a hard Vuelta and the guys were always giving 200 percent for the race. This was a good result for the team." Santaromita and Wyss each finished their second grand tours of the season. Santaromita, the Italian national road champion who has now finished seven grand tours, completed his fourth Vuelta in a career-best 48th place after finishing 30th at the Giro d'Italia. Wyss, who finished 84th at the Giro d'Italia, completed his first Vuelta in 73rd place. Eijssen and Kohler each finished their second Vueltas with better placings than their first participations.

Listen to complete comments from Ledanois on the BMC Racing Team's Vuelta a España Audio Line.