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Marco Pinotti retrieved some ZipVit Sport nutrition from the BMC Racing Team car. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Marco Pinotti retrieved some ZipVit Sport nutrition from the BMC Racing Team car. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 2: Bunch Sprint

3. June 2013

Dominik Nerz, in 18th place, was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher Monday as the Critérium du Dauphiné's longest stage concluded in a bunch sprint.

Quinziato In An Early Move
Manuel Quinziato tried hard to make the breakaway for the BMC Racing Team, Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said, and actually made one of the initial escapee groups. But the day's breakaway of four riders got up the road without anyone from the BMC Racing Team. "Today was a good opportunity to make the breakaway but tomorrow, I hope we have a good result with Thor Hushovd," Ledanois said. "And there could be another stage for Thor after the time trial on Wednesday." The last of the four breakaway riders was reeled in with 15 kilometers to go in the 191-km race and subsequent attacks over the final Category 2 climb reduced the lead peloton to 75 riders. Elia Viviani (Cannondale Pro Cycling) took the stage win, David Veilleux (Team Europcar) kept the overall lead and Nerz climbed into 13th overall. BMC Racing Team's Marco Pinotti said the form he brought from the Amgen Tour of California has not been as beneficial as he had hoped. "After California, the numbers I was putting in for training made me confident," he said. "But training is different than racing, and here, the level is also a lot higher. This is a prequel for the Tour de France and a lot of teams have guys fighting for spots on their Tour teams."