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After the break splintered, Michael Schär forged on and finished as the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider on the stage. (©Sirotti.)
After the break splintered, Michael Schär forged on and finished as the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider on the stage. (©Sirotti.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 5: Schär In The Breakaway

10. March 2013

Michael Schär was in the long breakaway of Sunday's stage of Tirreno-Adriatico and held on to be the BMC Racing Team's best finisher in the 230-kilometer race.

Schaër One Of The Strongest
Schär worked his way into an eight-man move that gained a seven-minute lead after 80 kilometers of the 230 km race. With 80 km to go, the gap was still more than six minutes. But one by one, Schär's group was reeled in on the day's major climb until only Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida) remained in front. Cunego was eventually caught and Joaquín Rodríguez (Katusha) soloed to the stage win. Schär, who also figured in a long breakaway at Strade Bianche last weekend, finished 33rd, 3:52 behind. "When I saw we had nobody in the break, I had to jump across," Schär said. "It was a strong break with Cunego and Juan Antonio Flecha and some good classics riders. On the climb, I rode my tempo and was one of the strongest, which gives you confidence."

Evans Looking Ahead, Not Back
Chris Froome (Sky Procycling) finished sixth on the day to take the overall lead while Cadel Evans, who had been 11th overall, finished 51st and remains the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider in 29th overall, 8:51 behind. "I came here a long way from the level of the best guys here," Evans said. "So to be competitive on GC (general classification) is beyond my capabilities right now. So my mentality has to adapt to that. But I'll stay calm at the moment and look at the situation as it is and look forward to the upcoming races." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said the team will have one objective Monday before Tuesday's final-stage, individual time trial. "Tomorrow's the last road stage and it's going to be a really hard one," he said. "I think we'll be on the attack."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Evans and Schär on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.