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Steve Morabito was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the day. (©Sirotti.)
Steve Morabito was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the day. (©Sirotti.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 3: Gilbert In The Breakaway

20. August 2012

BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert spent more than 140 kilometers in a breakaway Monday at the Vuelta a España, only to see his group caught in the final 10 kilometers of the first of nearly a dozen uphill finishes in the three-week race.

First Difficult Finish
Steve Morabito was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher, placing 21st, 50 seconds behind stage winner and new race leader Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team). Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said the difficult finish provided a glimpse of Morabito's form. "He did a good job fighting to save every second," Lelangue said. "He's 16th on the GC (1:12 back) and we are only in the first Monday. There are three weeks remaining. Looking to the stage and how difficult it was, he and Brent Bookwalter and Amaël Moinard did a good job." Bookwalter and Moinard finished 66th and 67th, respectively, 3:22 and 3:23 behind the stage winner.

Good To Be In The Break
Gilbert was best-placed overall of the eight riders in the breakaway that escaped the peloton five kilometers into the 155.3-kilometer stage. After their lead peaked at close to five minutes, they were still two minutes in front with 20 km to go. But Gilbert said he knew the move was doomed not to survive. "I've been a professional for 10 years so I know the races," he said. "I know when it's possible and when it's not. It's always good to be in the front and show the jersey. At least we tried. Maybe one day it can be good."