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Happily out-fitted in Hincapie Sportswear and naturally riding BMC bicycles: Andy & Hans Rihs, Cam Whiting (BMC Market Manager Asia-Pacific), Scott Major (Team Physician) and Mike Huerlimann (CEO BMC). (Photo Georges Luechinger)
Happily out-fitted in Hincapie Sportswear and naturally riding BMC bicycles: Andy & Hans Rihs, Cam Whiting (BMC Market Manager Asia-Pacific), Scott Major (Team Physician) and Mike Huerlimann (CEO BMC). (Photo Georges Luechinger)

Wyss finshes Top 10 again - Evans in good spirits

20. gennaio 2010

Hahndorf

The second stage of the 2010 Tour Down Under finished in another sprint finale.  And similarly to yesterday, the German Andre Greipel snagged the stage win.   BMC’s best finisher for the second day in a row was Danilo Wyss who sprinted his way to seventh place.

The 133.5 kilometer stage from Gawler to Handorf started off in the same way as the first stage.  The stage kicked off first with another three-man breakaway.  As with Tuesday’s stage, their escape efforts would be squashed by the sprinters’ teams who seemed to control the escapees at will.  “The speed in the field was not too extreme but the legs are already a little heavy after yesterday’s efforts,” Martin Kohler revealed, who rode the stage in the Sprint Leader’s Jersey.   The young Swiss sprinter retained his lead in the classification and so will race the third stage in the blue sprint leader’s jersey.   World Champion Cadel Evans was also content with the way the stage unfolded.  “The day went pretty well.  I am feeling better and better every day,” the Australian World Champion explained.  Danilo Wyss again had good legs after his fourth place in stage one, though he was not completely satisfied with his placing in the final sprint.  “I was directly on the wheel of Greipel when Graeme Brown came at me from the left and forced me off my perfect line.  If that hadn’t happened, I certainly would have finished higher up,” BMC’s sprinter said.  Wyss currently sits in sixth place overall, making him the best-placed BMC rider.

Rihs leaves the race contented in his team
After visiting with his team at the Tour Down Under, BMC owner and primary team sponsor Andy Rihs left the race on Wednesday.  The passionate cyclist has convinced himself first hand that his team is the best organized, highest quality team possible.  “It is absolutely fantastic how well our team works together after only a few days of racing together at the highest ProTour level.  And the appearance of World Champion Cadel Evans as a prime BMC ambassador has greatly impressed me.  I am convinced that the BMC Racing team will create many new fans this season,” Rihs gushed after his short visit to Adelaide.   On his way home, the Swiss entrepreneur will use the opportunity to visit his wine estate in New Zealand.