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Philippe Gilbert (center) helped keep Tejay van Garderen (right) out of danger. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Philippe Gilbert (center) helped keep Tejay van Garderen (right) out of danger. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Paris-Nice, Stage 1: Staying Safe

4. March 2013

The BMC Racing Team successfully protected Tejay van Garderen during some dangerous moments in Monday's opening road stage of Paris-Nice.

Bookwalter Involved In One Crash
True to BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue's plan, several teammates surrounded van Garderen throughout the 195-kilometer race that saw a number of crashes. "Our classics guys – Philippe Gilbert and Daniel Oss – were especially around Tejay in the final and they did great," Lelangue said. "They were in the front, taking the wind for him and keeping him in a good, safe position." Van Garderen said the race started calm but did not finish that way. "The last eight kilometers it started getting really hectic and really nervous," he said. "But for me, it was pretty much no stress. All the guys did a really good job of keeping me out of trouble." Brent Bookwalter said he couldn't avoid being involved in one crash on a sand-filled corner and landed hard on his right hip. "I'm feeling really sore, but thankful it's not any worse," he said. "I should be OK for tomorrow." Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) took the stage win in a bunch sprint and assumed the overall lead from the winner of Sunday's prologue, Damien Gaudin (Team Europcar).

Click here to listen to complete comments from Bookwalter, Gilbert (in French), Lelangue and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.