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Cadel Evans (leading) rode to stay out of trouble in the opening road race. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Cadel Evans (leading) rode to stay out of trouble in the opening road race. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 2: Bunch Sprint

13. March 2014

BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert tried an attack in the final 10 kilometers and teammate Danilo Wyss gave it a go in the bunch sprintThursday at Tirreno-Adriatico.

The Course:
Stretching 173 kilometers rom San Vincenzo to Cascina, the course included two laps of a 20-km finishing circuit.

The Day's Breakaway:
Marco Canola (Bardiani-CSF), David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura), Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team), Davide Malacarne (Team Europcar) and Daniel Teklehaymanot (MTN-Qhubeka) formed a breakaway in the first three kilometers and built a more than four-minute lead. As the sprinters' teams led the chase, Dowsett remained the lone leader until he was brought back inside of seven kilometers to go.

Gilbert's Attack:
After a crash with 13 km left disrupted the chase of Dowsett, Gilbert said he sensed it was an opportunity to attack. "I saw that some sprinters were not there, so I was thinking since it was a moment where it wasn not well organized, maybe it would be a moment to try something," he said. "I attacked there and brought some guys with me, but they took the wrong way on a roundabout, so it was not easy to organize. But I felt good and this gave me confidence."

The Podium:
Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) was the surprise stage winner, beating out Arnaud Demare (FDJ.fr) and André Greipel (Lotto Belisol). Wyss was best for the BMC Racing Team, in 12th place. In the overall standings, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) retained the race lead.

What Wyss Said:
"I was at the front, so I tried to go on my own. But I had already done some work for Cadel and Phil. It was a really crazy sprint, with a lot of headwind. I couldn't really sprint. I was always blocked on the right and the left."

See photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.

Click here to listen to complete comments from Gilbert and Wyss on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

Watch behind-the-scenes videos from the race on the BMC Racing Team YouTube channel.