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Tejay van Garderen (leading) was part of a 23-man break that formed during a crosswind section. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Tejay van Garderen (leading) was part of a 23-man break that formed during a crosswind section. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Amgen Tour, Stage 3: Hushovd Sixth

15. May 2013

BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd sprinted to sixth place Tuesday at the Amgen Tour of California, registering his best result since a fifth-place finish overall at the Tour du Haut Var in February.

Four In Dangerous Early Breakaway
Hushovd said he received a perfect lead-out at the end of the 177.7-kilometer stage. "I actually thought for a while I had a chance to win or maybe podium," the former world road champion said. "But in the last few meters, when I saw (Peter) Sagan pass me, I sort of stopped a little bit. But today I kind of got back some morale and motivation after two hard days. I could really feel that I had some power in the sprint so that's a good sign." Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) took the win ahead of Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE). Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) kept the overall lead, but not without getting a scare. The BMC Racing Team placed four of its riders (Brent Bookwalter, Mathias Frank, Michael Schär and Tejay van Garderen – who is second overall) in a 23-man breakaway that gained at least a minute's advantage before being reeled in. "For us, it was a good opportunity but it might have been too early to make a big fight," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. "But at least every kilometer, every opportunity, it is good to try something. Our first priority remains the general classification with Tejay. But in the sprinter stages like tomorrow and the day after, if we have the opportunity to make a lead out for Thor, of course we will try."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Hushovd and Lelangue on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.