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Michael Schär was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Michael Schär was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Schär Leads BMC Racing Team At Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

27. February 2010

Ghent, Belgium

Michael Schär’s 18th place finish led the BMC Racing Team Saturday in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Schär was part of a group 18 seconds behind Juan Antonio Flecha, the first Spanish winner.

Chase Proves Unsuccessful

When Flecha attacked from a small group with 12 miles to go in the 127-mile (204 km) race, few – including BMC Racing Team’s Marcus Burghardt – thought the Sky Pro Cycling Team rider could stay away solo to the finish. “I thought he would be brought back because the speed in the peloton was so high,” Burghardt said. Schär said he fought hard just to reach the lead group, which couldn’t close a 46-second gap to Flecha with six miles (10 km) to go. “Finally, I was with Marcus but I couldn’t really help him for the sprint because it was a big mess with riders everywhere and attacks,” Schär said. “It was a hard day with rain, wind, cobblestones and everything else.”

Launching A Late Attack
Burghardt, who finished 27th, said he made some mistakes before the important cobblestone climbs. But he had enough strength left to put in a final attack to try and improve on his fifth place here a year ago. “I attacked at two kilometers to go on the last cobblestones, but they took me back and I had no power for the sprint,” the German said. Heinrich Haussler (Cervélo Test Team) won the field sprint for second ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions).

Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne Sunday
Burghardt and Schär will be back in the saddle Sunday with BMC Racing Team teammates Chad Beyer, George Hincapie, John Murphy, Danilo Wyss, Karsten Kroon and Martin Kohler for another Belgian semi-classic, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. Hincapie won the 120-mile (194 km) race in 2005. But the U.S. national road champion said he was still feeling the effects of a cold in finishing 67th on Saturday.