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Marcus Burghardt experienced the joy of winning twice during the Tour de Suisse. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Marcus Burghardt experienced the joy of winning twice during the Tour de Suisse. (Tim de Waele photo.)

BMC Racing Team Winning Moments: Tour de Suisse

22. November 2010

Santa Rosa, California

When Marcus Burghardt won Stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, it was the beginning of a series of successes for the BMC Racing Team in the race held on its title sponsor's home soil.

The Right Moment

With rain pouring down, Burghardt attacked with the "flame rouge " (one-kilometer-to-go kite) in sight. He had been part of a five-man group that built a comfortable lead of five minutes. With only Daniel Oss (Liquigas) and Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Transitions) still with him, Burghardt said he waited for the right moment to attack. "My plan was to look for Maaskant because he was the strongest, but then he went out on the left side and was blocked by Oss," Burghardt said. "When I saw that, I took the moment and attacked."

Even More Success
Two days later in much dryer conditions, Burghardt and teammate Mathias Frank were part of a 16-man breakaway. This time, Burghardt boldly attacked more than 50 kilometers from the finish, soloing on his BMC Team Machine SLR01 to win by 61 seconds. "I thought if I couldn't make it, for sure Mathias could make it," Burghardt said after crossing the line waving a German flag. By earning points on the day's two categorized climbs, Frank won back the king of the mountain jersey he first pulled on after Stage 2 and also took the lead in the intermediate sprints competition.

Three Jerseys Won
The final day of the Tour de Suisse was a crowning achievement for the BMC Racing Team in front of team owner Andy Rihs and representatives from BMC. Frank won both the king of the mountain and intermediate sprints jerseys and Burghardt pulled on the polka dot points jersey while Steve Morabito narrowly missed a spot on the podium with his fourth place finish overall. The success in Switzerland built confidence for the team's first appearance in the Tour de France the following month.