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The BMC Racing Team kept Tejay van Garderen (third from left) well-sheltered during the race. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
The BMC Racing Team kept Tejay van Garderen (third from left) well-sheltered during the race. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Amgen Tour, Stage 4: Hushovd Seventh

16. May 2013

Thor Hushovd registered his second straight top 10 finish for the BMC Racing Team at the Amgen Tour of California Wednesday with seventh place in the bunch sprint.

Van Garderen Remains Second Overall
Hushovd, sixth on Tuesday's stage, said the battle to find a wheel to follow in the final kilometer was a bit too much for his liking. "It was a big fight today for the positions and I was up there," he said. "I wanted to get a good place, but I didn't take big risks, so I was too far behind to go for the podium. I think tomorrow suits me better. I think it's a rougher final and it goes slightly up. So I would like to be there in the fight with (Stage 3 winner Peter) Sagan." Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) took the win ahead of Ken Hanson (Optum presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen and Mathias Frank remained second and fourth overall, respectively, as the top of the overall standings did not change after the 134.6-kilometer race. Van Garderen is 12 seconds off the lead of Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) with another bunch sprint finish expected for Thursday's 185.7 km stage. "The main objective was protecting Tejay and trying to help Thor in the sprint," BMC Racing Team Directeur John Lelangue said. "We know the big days are coming for Tejay with the time trial on Friday and then Mt. Diablo on Saturday. Until then, we have to concentrate on riding on the front and the guys are doing a good job of this."

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