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Philippe Gilbert finished in the top 10 for the third time in four days. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Philippe Gilbert finished in the top 10 for the third time in four days. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 9: Gilbert Eighth

1. September 2013

World road champion Philippe Gilbert of the BMC Racing Team finished eighth on the grinding, uphill finish Sunday at the Vuelta a España while teammate Ivan Santaromita was 12th and climbed into the top 10 overall.

Good Teamwork All Day
Gilbert registered his third top 10 finish of the past four days by receiving a strong lead-out into the final kilometer of the 163.7-km race that finished with a climb through the narrow, twisting streets of Valdepeñas de Jaén. "All the team worked the whole day, beginning with Martin Kohler and Klaas Lodewyck to control the break," Gilbert said. "Everybody did his job, especially Yannick (Eisjssen) and Danilo (Wyss) at the end. I turned onto the narrow roads in perfect position. Daniel Moreno (Katusha Team) accelerated away early in the climb to win by four seconds over Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and his own teammate, Joaquin Rodriguez, and take the race lead from Nicolas Roche (Team Saxo-Tinkoff). Santaromita finished 15 seconds later and moved from 11th to 10th, 1:25 back. Wyss said it was satisfying to see a day-long display of teamwork. "We controlled the race from the beginning and we were still there in the end to put him (Gilbert) in perfect position for the last kilometer," he said. Wyss said his first Vuelta is going well. "Until now I'm happy with my race," he said. "I am looking forward to the first rest day (Tuesday). We already have nine stages in our legs. Now we need a little bit of rest, I think."

Listen to complete comments from Gilbert and Wyss on the BMC Racing Team's special Vuelta a España Audio Line.