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Taylor Phinney (right) drove a three-man breakaway with 25 kilometers to go. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Taylor Phinney (right) drove a three-man breakaway with 25 kilometers to go. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour of Qatar, Stage 5: Fighting To The End

7. februari 2013

Taylor Phinney tried a late breakaway and Adam Blythe was fourth in the sprint, but the BMC Racing Team's best efforts Thursday were not enough to keep Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) from winning his third straight stage and keeping the lead at the Tour of Qatar.

Phinney Remains Best Young Rider
Phinney made his move just after the final intermediate sprint, 127.5 kilometers into the 154 km race. "The guys wanted to to do sometime because they knew from last year that the circuit was hard there," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said. "Unfortunately, today the wind was lighter." Phinney and Sky Procycling's Bernhard Eisel quickly gained 25 seconds, but with the third rider in the move – Niki Terpstra – being a teammate of Cavendish's, their escape only lasted 10 km. Then it was Blythe's turn. "The guys did a good job of positioning me, but I lost a little bit with the chaos," he said. "Greg (Van Avermaet) brought me to the front with a kilometer to go and I started my sprint at 350 meters. I was just trying to pass as many people and hold on." With a day to go, Cavendish leads a host of BMC Racing Team riders: Brent Bookwalter is second (at 15 seconds), Phinney is third (at 20 seconds) and Blythe is fourth (at 22 seconds). Phinney held onto the best young rider jersey.