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The BMC Racing Team will be back in action Sunday in the first classic of the season, Milan-San Remo. (Michael Zanghellini photo.)
The BMC Racing Team will be back in action Sunday in the first classic of the season, Milan-San Remo. (Michael Zanghellini photo.)

Tough Conditions At Handzame Classic

15. March 2013

A cold and sometimes snowy, wind-swept edition of the Handzame Classic concluded with a bunch sprint that saw Adam Blythe as the BMC Racing Team's best finisher in 37th place.

No Luck In The End
As the last of the day's breakaway riders was caught with 10 kilometers to go in the 197 km race, three riders made a bid to foil the sprinters. When Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Wesley Kreder (Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team) and Alphonse Vermote (An Post-Chainreaction) attacked, BMC Racing Team's Marcus Burghardt was near the front to help mark the move, Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said. The trio was brought back in the final two kilometers but Blythe – third here a year ago – was unable to duplicate that success. "We rode well but couldn't put it together at the end," Stewart said. "Adam didn't have good luck in the sprint and got swarmed." Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol) took the win ahead of a pair of Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team riders, Kenny Van Hummel and Danny Van Poppel, respectively. Steve Morabito said he did what he could while trying to stay safe in the less-than-ideal conditions. "I tried to go with a move at the start to protect Adam," he said. "Then, when the breakaway was on, I started to pull until the last lap, so it was 120 kilometers of good quality racing before Volta a Catalunya next week."