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The fight to be on the front including Michael Schär (second from left) of the BMC Racing Team. (Trudi Rebsamen photo.)
The fight to be on the front including Michael Schär (second from left) of the BMC Racing Team. (Trudi Rebsamen photo.)

Tour de Pologne, Stage 3: Kristoff 10th

3. August 2010

Katowice, Poland

Alexander Kristoff scored the BMC Racing Team's third straight top 10 finish at the Tour de Pologne with 10th place in the high-speed, downhill charge to the line.

Ballan There To Help
Kristoff said it was a small climb leading up to the final kilometer that proved to be the difference for him. "I was one of the fastest, but was too weak in the climb; so I did not manage to keep my position in the roundabout," Kristoff said. Former world champion Alessandro Ballan – the race's defending champion – tried to help the 2007 Norwegian road champion. "Alessandro was in good position the last 700 meters and was looking for Alexander, but he (Kristoff) was a bit far away," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said.

Into The Mountains
Wednesday's 177-kilometer stage ventures into the mountains for the first time. But Baldato said not to expect a shake-up in the standings. Yauheni Hutarovich (Française Des Jeux) won Tuesday's sprint finish while Allan Davis (Astana) retained the overall lead. "There are three climbs, but they're in the middle of the stage - 50 kilometers from the finish," Baldato said. "I think it will arrive all together again."