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Brent Bookwalter pedals to the finish after helping Steve Morabito on the lower part of the climb. (Sean Weide photo.)
Brent Bookwalter pedals to the finish after helping Steve Morabito on the lower part of the climb. (Sean Weide photo.)

Tour of Austria, Stage 5: Morabito Remains Third Overall

5. July 2012

BMC Racing Team's Steve Morabito took back five seconds on race leader Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan) Thursday at the Tour of Austria but conceded three seconds to the other rider ahead of him in the overall standings on the longest stage of the race.

Morabito Tries Attacks
Morabito couldn't match the attack of Danilo Di Luca (Acqua & Sapone) after the BMC Racing Team rider had accelerated three times on the slopes of the climb to the finish at the end of 228.3 kilometers. "The third time, Di Luca countered, with a little more than a kilometer to go," Morabito said. "It was hard for me so I let him go on the cobbled section and was maybe two or three seconds behind. I knew he would have to slow in the last 300 meters but I couldn't come back to him." Di Luca's teammate, Fabio Taborre, soloed to win the stage from a 12-man breakaway. Di Luca finished 14th, 9:17 behind, Morabito was 15th and Fuglsang placed 16th. With a mid-mountain stage Friday, a 24.1-kilometer individual time trial Saturday and flat stage Sunday, Morabito is third overall, 76 seconds behind Fuglsang and 12 seconds behind second-placed Di Luca.  Morabito said the flat section before the final climb was nervous and fast. "I got some big help from the team, especially Yannick Eijssen and Tim Roe, and then Danilo Wyss – who brought me to the best position before the climb," Morabito said. "Once we hit the climb, Ivan Santaromita did a nice tempo."