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Adam Blythe finished in the Top 3 of a race for the second time of the season. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Adam Blythe finished in the Top 3 of a race for the second time of the season. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Handzame Classic : Blythe is 3rd

16. March 2012

Strong teamwork from BMC Racing Team to catch the breakaway back and to position Adam Blythe who finishes 3rd of Handzame Classic Friday.

“A Great Teamwork”
Despite the rise of several climbs, the race average was around 43km/h after two hours in the 195-kilometers race. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri says the rhythm in the peloton was really high, « The break went after 20km of racing and we had nobody there, all the teams that weren’t part of the breakaway rode full speed.» There has been a strong work from the BMC riders to catch back the 14 men breakaway « We made a great teamwork, with always one of our guy in front to work all race long, then in the last 20 km, Mauro Santambrogio and Matthias Frank worked really hard » said Sciandri.

 

Podium for Blythe
The break was eventually caught with 11km to go and Francesco Chicchi (OmegaPharma-Quickstep) won the bunch sprint, just ahead Blythe who crossed the line in 3rd position.  “It’s been a crazy final, with 300m I tried to come out from the bunch and then I launched my sprint in the last 50m” said Blythe. It’s the second Top 3 for him this season - he was runner up in Tour of Qatar, Stage 1 - “It’s not bad, now I just need to win“ he said.