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Peter Stetina was the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider overall, in eighth place. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Peter Stetina was the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider overall, in eighth place. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

BMC Racing Team Puts Two In Top 10 At San Luis

26. January 2014

BMC Racing Team's Peter Stetina and Darwin Atapuma finished eighth and ninth overall, respectively, at the Tour de San Luis Sunday while teammate Taylor Phinney was 10th in the final stage bunch sprint.

The Stage:
The last stage traveled 148.1 kilometers from San Luis to Terrazas del Portezuelo and included one categorized climb in the first 20 km.

The Day's Breakaway:
Five riders – Pablo Alarcón (Chile national team), Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale), Carlos Ochoa Androni-Giocatoli), Juan Pablo Valencia (Team Colombia) and Celeberson Weber (Club Dataro-Bottecchia) – enjoyed a maximum lead of nearly three minutes before being reeled in with 30 km to go.

The Winning Move:
Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) went to his sprint early and held off Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) in the slightly uphill finish. Modolo's teammate, Maximiliano Richeze, finished third.

Best For The BMC Racing Team:
Phinney was 10th in the bunch sprint to help the BMC Racing Team register its ninth top 10 finish of the race.

In The Overall Standings:
Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) took the overall by 43 seconds ahead of Stage 1 winner Phillip Gaimon (Garmin-Sharp). Sergio Godoy (San Luis Somos Todos) was third, 2:02 behind. Stetina finished eighth, 3:51 back, while Atapuma was ninth, at 3:57. The BMC Racing Team was third in the team classification behind San Luis Somos Todos and UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team.

Stetina was runner-up in the mountain-top finish on Stage 2 and Atapuma was third on the mountain-top finish on Stage 4. Phinney was runner-up in the Stage  5 individual time trial as Larry Warbasse (fourth) and Manuel Quinziato (sixth) were also in the top 10.

What Stetina Had To Say:
"This race wasn't a goal by any means for me, but I was still motivated this winter. You always want to start off on on a new team in good standing and show you mean business. I was able to do that at the beginning of the race. It's worked out well. I leave here with close to a stage win and a top 10 in the GC (general classification). You can't complain about that."

What Sport Director Jackson Stewart Said:
"We had a good week. We came here with big objectives and we didn't quite meet them. We were knocking on the door. We wanted a little higher on GC and we wanted a stage win. We can leave knowing we did the best we could. I don't think we can feel bad about doing pretty well. We just didn't get exactly what we wanted out of it. But the momentum is very good right now."

Listen comments from Stetina and Stewart on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

View photos from the race in our Flickr gallery.

Watch videos on the BMC Racing Team YouTube channel.