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Rick Zabel (left) and Sebastian Lander – pictured here at the Tour of Dubai – were the BMC Racing Team's two riders in the top 10.
Rick Zabel (left) and Sebastian Lander – pictured here at the Tour of Dubai – were the BMC Racing Team's two riders in the top 10.

Tour of Austria, Stage 4: Two In The Top 10

9. July 2014

Rick Zabel was seventh and Sebastian Lander finished a season-best eighth for the BMC Racing Team in the bunch sprint that capped Wednesday's stage of the Tour of Austria.

The Course:
Three categorized climbs dotted the first 115 kilometers of the 171.9-km race from Kitzbühel to Matrei in Osttirol.

The Day's Breakaway:
Three riders – Marco Canola (Bardiani-CSF), Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Pawel Poljanski (Tinkoff-Saxo) – gained a four-minute advantage before the last of them was brought back in the final five kilometers.

The Finish:
Oscar Gatto (Cannondale Pro Cycling) won his second stage in three days ahead of Juan José Lobato (Movistar Team) and Marco Haller (Katusha Team). Lander's finish bettered his ninth-place result on Stage 6 at the Tour of Qatar.

In The Overall Standings:
Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) held onto the overall lead as the top of the overall standings remained unchanged. Ben Hermans (17th, 3:31 behind) is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider overall.

What Sport Director Jackson Stewart Said:
"It was a bit of a messy sprint, but we organized the best we could. There was tailwind and a really fast, straight road into the finish and everyone was fighting for the last turn with a kilometer to go. It was nice to see Rick and Sebastian both up there in the top 10."

See photos from the race on the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.