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Klaas Lodewyck (third from right) finished seventh in Friday's curb-to-curb sprint. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Klaas Lodewyck (third from right) finished seventh in Friday's curb-to-curb sprint. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of Beijing, Stage 4: Lodewyck Top 10 Again

12. October 2012

BMC Racing Team's Klaas Lodewyck sprinted to his second top 10 finish of the Tour de Beijing with seventh place on Friday's penultimate stage of the five-day race.

Worked Well As A Team
Tenth on Tuesday's opening stage, Lodewyck said he was a bit disappointed he didn't get a better result in the 165.5-kilometer race that ended in another bunch sprint. "First Martin Kohler and then Taylor Phinney brought me into good position and I was on the wheel of (Alessandro) Petacchi," Lodewyck said. "But there were two meters in between us and the guy who won, Marco Haller (Katusha Team), came into it. So I lost two or three meters. If I'm immediately in the wheel of Petacchi, I'm going to make a good result and maybe win." Phinney said just about everything went the way it was drawn up in the team's pre-race meeting. "I made sure Klaas was on my wheel and kept him protected," the world time trial silver medalist said. "With 500 meters to go, I brought him up next to the Lampre sprint train and Petacchi saw me and started to sprint. I don't think Klaas quite had the pop to match those guys, but we were up there and I was satisfied that we worked well together as a team." Petacchi (Lampre-ISD) finished second and Stage 1 winner Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) was third as Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) kept the overall lead.

Click here to listen to complete comments from Lodewyck and Phinney on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.