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Taylor Phinney is aiming for his first overall podium finish as a professional. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Taylor Phinney is aiming for his first overall podium finish as a professional. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Eneco Tour, Stage 5: Phinney Gains Time

13. August 2011

Ghent, Belgium

BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney crept a bit closer to the lead Saturday at the Eneco Tour of Benelux, taking two seconds in a bonus sprint early in the rainy stage in which he scored his fifth top 10 finish in six days.

Familiar Territory For Kroon

With one stage to go, Phinney is seven seconds behind third-placed David Millar (Garmin-Cervélo) and 25 seconds behind race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Pro Cycling). Phinney finished 10th in the 189.2 kilometer stage won in a two-up sprint by Matteo Bono (Lampre-ISD). Teammate Karsten Kroon, who trains frequently on the roads of the course, hoped his knowledge would help Phinney gain time with 30 km to go. "We were on a big road where it takes a sharp turn into a small road that's very winding before you hit the top where it's wide open," Kroon said. "It would have been a great place to split the field, but we were unlucky because there was no wind. Otherwise the field would have totally split." Sunday's final 201.2 km stage follows many of the same roads used in the Amstel Gold race. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said: "If it's bad weather and raining, it could be a hard day tomorrow."