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Marcus Burghardt (pictured) and Klaas Lodewyck are 12th and 13th overall, respectively, with one day of the race to go. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Marcus Burghardt (pictured) and Klaas Lodewyck are 12th and 13th overall, respectively, with one day of the race to go. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Circuit Franco-Belge, Stage 3: Burghardt, Lodewyck In Breakaways

29. September 2012

BMC Racing Team's Marcus Burghardt and Klaas Lodewyck were part of breakaways Saturday at Circuit Franco-Belge, with Lodewyck's move with seven others nearly succeeding to the finish of the 173.7-kilometer race.

Sunday's Stage The Hardest
Lodewyck's group never enjoyed more than a 30-second lead after escaping in the final 25 kilometers. "It was a good move for us because Klaas had the ability to take the win," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said. But with Lodewyck sitting less than a minute off the overall lead, the chasing efforts of several teams reeled them in within sight of the final kilometer. Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) took the win and his second straight stage while Adam Blythe *(18th) was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher. Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol Team) held onto the overall lead with only Sunday's 153.8 km race to go. "Tomorrow will be the hardest stage of the race," Verbrugghe said. "I think we have a strong team. Michael Schär, who was celebrating his birthday today, wasn't really recovered from his crash yesterday so today was a bit painful for him. Tomorrow will be better."