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Taylor Phinney comfortably rode in the peloton to conserve energy. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Taylor Phinney comfortably rode in the peloton to conserve energy. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 7: Staying Safe

26. augustus 2011

Talavera de la Reina, Spain

On a wind-swept, nervous stage that included a finish line pile-up at the Vuelta a España Friday, the BMC Racing Team managed to stay safe and out of trouble.

Conserving Energy

Greg Van Avermaet had the closest call in the 182.9 kilometer race when he was caught up in a crash in the final 30 kilometers. "It was just some people crashing before and after me and I didn't go down," Van Avermaet said. The winner of the Tour de Wallonie said he was glad he didn't contest the final sprint, which saw more than a dozen riders hit the pavement at high speed as Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) took the win. "It was good I was too far away in the end," Van Avermaet said. "It was a bit too fast for me, anyway. I like the sprint to be more uphill." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said the team's eight riders tried to conserve energy for a hard day ahead. "If we could save a little bit of energy today, it was a good moment to do it," he said. Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) remains the overall leader.