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Steve Morabito was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the climb to Lagos de Covadonga. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Steve Morabito was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the climb to Lagos de Covadonga. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 15: Missed Opportunity

2. September 2012

Plans to place a rider in the breakaway Sunday at the Vuelta a España slipped away in the first 26 kilometers of the 186.5 km race when the BMC Racing Team couldn't close the gap to an initial escape group of 19 riders.



A Furious Chase

When the breakaway went after less than 10 km, the BMC Racing Team and two other teams that missed the move launched a furious chase to close a 35-second gap. But up and over the day's first uncategorized climb, the peloton split into several groups on the 20 km descent, the gap went out to a minute and eventually 10 riders comprised the day's breakaway. "I can understand not being in a move when there's four or five guys, and maybe seven or eight," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. "But 10 or 20 guys? We have to be in that move. The guys that we needed in the break – our climbers – especially with an uphill finish like this – they missed it big time. Our other guys did a great job in trying to bring it back. Once we got to 30 seconds, they couldn't do anymore. They did the best they could. At the end of the downhill, that was it. Our race was over."  Antonio Piedra (Caja Rural) soloed out of the breakaway to win the stage while Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha Team) kept the overall lead. Steve Morabito was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the stage (41s