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Fortunately, Adam Blythe's flat tire in the closing kilometers didn't cost him his spot in the top 10. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Fortunately, Adam Blythe's flat tire in the closing kilometers didn't cost him his spot in the top 10. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of Qatar, Stage 4: Blythe's Misfortune

8. February 2012

Madinat Al Shamal, Qatar

A puncture in the final kilometers of Wednesday's stage of the Tour of Qatar cost BMC Racing Team's Adam Blythe a chance to continue his climb up the general classification.

'A Lot Of Bad Luck'

When Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) forced the pace with five kilometers to go in the 144 km race initially only Blythe could follow and a lead group of more than a dozen was reduced to five. But moments later, Blythe's front tire flatted. "It was with 3.2 km to go so I wasn't able to get the same time at the finish as the leaders, which is disappointing," Blythe said. "But that's bike racing. I knew Cancellera was going to attack and I was just lucky enough to be on his wheel when he went." Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took the win to increase his lead with two days to go. Blythe finished 40 seconds later but held onto his 10th place overall. Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he was pleased with the teamwork exhibited by the BMC Racing Team. Thor Hushovd recovered from an early puncture of his own to join Taylor Phinney and Blythe when the peloton split in the wind with 40 km to go. "Hushovd and Phinney were sacrificing themselves for Blythe," Lelangue said. "It was good teamwork, a great ride by Adam and a lot of bad luck."