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BMC Racing Team's Jakub Novak (leading) fought hard in the breakaway to retain Greg Van Avermaet's lead in the sprint classification. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)
BMC Racing Team's Jakub Novak (leading) fought hard in the breakaway to retain Greg Van Avermaet's lead in the sprint classification. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)

Tour of Utah, Stage 6: Schär Seventh Overall

12. agosto 2013

Swiss road champion Michael Schär finished sixth on Sunday's final stage of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah to end up as the BMC Racing Team's best finisher overall, in seventh.

Van Avermaet Slips Out Of Sprint Jersey
BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet, who won Stage 1 and was runner-up on the next three stages, was unable to hold onto XO Communications sprint leader's jersey when Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) slipped into an early breakaway. Van Avermaet had teammate Jakub Novak in the break, but the recently-signed stagiaire could not out-sprint the winner of Stages 2 and 4. "Jakub really did a great job – the best he could," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said. "We wanted to be up the road in the break for other reasons and to protect the points. But it didn't work when GreenEdge sent Matthews across. A lot of guys were sleeping and race radio told us the wrong guy. By the time we could really organize, it was really too late." Schär said he rode his own pace when Garmin-Sharp ramped up the speed to launch eventual race-winner Tom Danielson on the final climb of the 125.5-kilometer race. "I knew I would be better the higher we went, so I had confidence I would be better toward the end of the climb," Schär said. "So I dropped a little bit, but came back, step-by-step, to the group of Horner. In the downhill, I tried to make a recovery as best as possible for the sprint." Francisco Mancebo (5-Hour Energy presented by Kenda Racing) took the stage win while Schär arrived in a group of six, 1:29 later. "It was good to make this top 10 because it is a really hard stage race with a lot of climbs and I'm not a pure climber," Schär said.

Listen to complete comments from Schär and Stewart on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.