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John Murphy (center) scored his first top 10 finish of the season. (photo: Tim de Waele)
John Murphy (center) scored his first top 10 finish of the season. (photo: Tim de Waele)

Murphy Sixth At Skoda Velothon Berlin

22. May 2011

Berlin, Germany

BMC Racing Team's John Murphy finished sixth in a bunch sprint Sunday at Skoda Velothon Berlin after teammate Marcus Burghardt was caught in the last 250 meters.

Burghardt In The Breakaway
Riding in his home country, Burghardt was the last rider in a nine-man breakaway to be swept up after their lead stretched to five minutes during the 180-kilometer, one-day race. Murphy said having Burghardt up front was great. "We got to just sit and watch all day," Murphy said. "It was a crazy finale. I was following (Heinrich) Haussler in the last kilometer because I lost my leadout guys, Michael Schär and Manuel Quinziato, in the 180-degree turn with 2.5 kilometers to go." Marcel Kittel (Skil-Shimano) took the win.