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Riding in his home race, Steve Morabito (center) is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider in the overall standings. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Riding in his home race, Steve Morabito (center) is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider in the overall standings. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de Romandie, Stage 2: Many Options

26. april 2012

The BMC Racing Team remains on target at the Tour de Romandie following Thursday's transitional stage that saw little change in the overall standings.

Five In Overall Contention
Bradley Wiggins (Sky Pro Cycling) remained the overall leader following the stage win by Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) in the 149.1-kilometer race. Steve Morabito (13th, at 14 seconds) and Tejay van Garderen (17th, at 15 seconds) are best-placed overall for the BMC Racing Team. Morabito said he tried to lead out van Garderen, who finished fourth on Wednesday's stage. "Just before the last roundabout, I was in the top five but Tejay wasn't on my wheel anymore," Morabito said. "It was really nervous and a pity he couldn't stay there. Otherwise he might have taken bonifications (bonus time at the finish)." Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said with five riders within 25 seconds of the overall lead, the BMC Racing Team is in a good situation with three stages to go. "The only thing to put Team Sky in difficulty is that we have numbers," Verbrugghe said. "We have three guys – Cadel Evans, Steve and Tejay – and also Johann Tschopp and Amaël Moinard for the mountain stages. The main goal is to put someone in the overall classification."

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