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BMC Racing Team's Martin Kohler (far left) finished fifth in the sprint. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
BMC Racing Team's Martin Kohler (far left) finished fifth in the sprint. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour of Beijing, Stage 3: Kohler Fifth

13. October 2013

Martin Kohler finished fifth for the BMC Racing Team Sunday as race leader Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) won his second straight stage at the Tour of Beijing.

Hushovd Did Not Start
Kohler said his third top-five placing of the season did not come as a surprise. The former Swiss road and time trial champion had been aiming for a good result in the 176-kilometer stage since learning he would be on the roster for the five-day race. "It wasn't a surprise because it was a stage I really like: all day up and down," Kohler said. "But in general, I had bad legs today because of all the pulling yesterday. I told Marcus (Burghardt) I could sprint, but in the end, it was all a bit hectic and I was more or less alone." Kohler and the rest of BMC Racing Team rode on the front of the peloton for much of Saturday's stage in service of Thor Hushovd, who was in the race lead. But the Norwegian national road champion did not start Sunday due to a family emergency that required his immediate return to Europe. Assistant Director Max Sciandri said the BMC Racing Team will miss Hushovd's leadership and sprint ability. "But we have a good group of riders who can still look for breakaways and go on the move and attack," he said. "That's what we are looking for. It didn't happen today but we still had a top five finisher in Martin. Tomorrow is going to be putting Dominik (Nerz) up there at the foot of the last climb."

Listen to complete comments from Kohler and Sciandri on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.