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Amaël Moinard (seen here on Stage 3) was one of only 70 finishers of the six-day race. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Amaël Moinard (seen here on Stage 3) was one of only 70 finishers of the six-day race. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

País Vasco, Stage 6: No Risks Taken

6. April 2013

With the Vuelta al País Vasco finishing in conditions much like it began – cold and rain – BMC Racing Team's Amaël Moinard did not push for a competitive result in Saturday's time trial that featured some steep climbing sections and rain-slickened descents.

Many Abandonments
"Amaël told me this morning he didn't want to take any risks," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "It was good that he finished the race, but he had little to gain in terms of a high placing." Moinard was the BMC Racing Team's lone participant in the 24-kilometer individual time trial that concluded the six-day race that was plagued by adverse weather conditions. In Friday's stage, five BMC Racing Team riders were among 75 who withdrew, leaving only 73 riders eligible to start the time trial. Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the stage in 35:05, 17 seconds ahead of overall winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar), who overtook previous leader Sergio Henao (Sky Procycling). Moinard finished 49th in the time trial, 3:20 behind, and 30th overall.