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Philippe Gilbert (left) was narrowly edged out at the finish line. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Philippe Gilbert (left) was narrowly edged out at the finish line. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 7: Gilbert Runner-Up

30. August 2013

BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert was narrowly denied his first victory of the season Friday when Zdenek Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) edged him in a photo finish at the Vuelta a España after the pair escaped in the final nine kilometers.

Fifth Runner-Up Finish
Gilbert and Stybar took advantage of a technical run-in to the finish to gain as much as a 16-second lead that dwindled to four by the final kilometer. The two began sprinting along the barriers as the peloton closed in, with Gilbert staying in Stybar's slipstream until the final meters before trying to come around on his right. "Yesterday was the first day when I had some feeling back in my legs after the crash," Gilbert said of his recovery from a deep cut to his left knee suffered at the Eneco Tour of Benelux. "I am happy. I am still missing a victory this season, but I have been close a lot of times." The runner-up finish was Gilbert's fifth of the season, adding to second-place results on Stage 2 of the Eneco Tour of Benelux (Aug. 13), the Belgian time trial championship (Aug. 11), Brabantse Pijl (April 10) and Stage 6 of Paris-Nice (March 9). BMC Racing Team's Danilo Wyss finished eighth on the stage and Klaas Lodewyck was ninth.

Pinotti In Long Breakaway
Earlier, BMC Racing Team's Marco Pinotti was part of a three-man breakaway that went up the road after 11 kilometers of the 205.9-km stage, the second-longest of this year's race. He and Francisco Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural) and Christian Knees (Sky Procycling) gained more than seven minutes before being caught with 14 km to go. "It's been a couple of days that I've been trying to be in the main breakaway," Pinotti said. "Spending so much time in front is good training and preparation for the world's time trial. So it was actually good for today." Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) kept the overall lead while Italian road champion Ivan Santaromita remained the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider overall in 12th, 46 seconds behind. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said while Gilbert did not get the victory, it is clear the double-stage winner at last year's Vuelta is returning to form. "The good news is that Phil is more or less the same as before the crash in Eneco," Ledanois said, "and that's most important for the next days."

Listen to complete comments from Gilbert (English and French), Ledanois and Pinotti on the BMC Racing Team's special Vuelta a España Audio Line.