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Brent Bookwalter, posing here with a young fan, scored his second straight top 10 finish. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)
Brent Bookwalter, posing here with a young fan, scored his second straight top 10 finish. (Georges Lüchinger photo.)

Tour of Alberta, Stage 1: Bookwalter Sixth

5. September 2013

Brent Bookwalter finished sixth for the BMC Racing Team as Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) won for the second straight day at the Tour of Alberta.

A Little Luck Involved
Bookwalter, winner of a stage of the Tour of Qatar in February and fifth in Tuesday's prologue, said the 158.1-kilomter race went about as expected, with tension and nervousness playing a part, especially after a four-rider breakaway was reeled in on the finishing circuit. "It turned into a real hectic, frantic finale," he said. "It wasn't a super physically-demanding day, so a lot of guys were fresh." Bookwalter said his second straight top 10 finish was a testament to perseverance. "I kept fighting for the front and was also a little lucky on that last lap to be in the right place at the right time. I was a little too far forward into the last corner. But better to be too far forward than to be in the back." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said a lack of wind made for an easier day – and a faster-than-expected race. "The roads are not too demanding," Stewart said. "But if this wind had picked up, it could have been a different day. Our guys tried to stay safe in the circuits and tried to set up Brent for the sprint. Not being a pure sprinter, he did a great job of staying out of trouble and getting in the top 10." Stewart said he hopes not every stage will end in a bunch sprint. "If the wind will pick up … and it looks to me like some of the circuits in the later stages are going to be harder," he said. "So maybe there could be some decisions made by the wind or the circuit." Bookwalter remained fifth overall, 21 seconds behind Sagan, while teammate Cadel Evans is fourth, 20 seconds back.

Listen to complete comments from Bookwalter and Stewart on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.