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Marcus Burghardt was in the break until it was caught about 25 kilometers from the finish. (©BMC/Tim de Waele)
Marcus Burghardt was in the break until it was caught about 25 kilometers from the finish. (©BMC/Tim de Waele)

Tour of Belgium, Stage 2: Burghardt's Breakaway

27. maggio 2011

Ieper, Belgium

For the second straight day, the BMC Racing Team put pressure on the peloton at the Tour of Belgium. Friday, it was Marcus Burghardt who drove a five-man breakaway for much of the race.

Four Minutes' Lead

"The plan was for me to go in the break so we could put some pressure on Omega Pharma-Lotto and the other guys could stay in the peloton," Burghardt said. Burghardt's escape went away in first seven kilometers of the 187 km race and its margin maximized at four minutes with 100 km to go. The German said there was hope of surviving to the finish. "You never know what happens after the Kemmelberg on the small roads," Burghardt said. "But we knew that Lotto would give everything to catch us back." Aidis Kroupis (Landbouwkrediet) won the bunch sprint and Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) took the overall lead.

Giro d'Italia, Stage 19: Tschopp's Escape
Macugnaga, Italy – Johann Tschopp was part of a six-man breakaway that was caught 15 km from the finish of a 209 km sometimes wet and windy stage at the Giro d'Italia. The group led by four minutes at one time, but was brought back on the final climb to Macugnaga. "We knew (Stefano) Garzelli was going to attack on the mid-race climb of the Mottarone," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. "When he went, Tschopp went right with him and closed the gap. Unfortunately in the end, Katusha closed the break down." Tschopp went on to finish 34th, while Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) was gifted the stage win by overall leader Alberto Contador.