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Danilo Wyss was once again in a breakaway on Friday's stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Danilo Wyss was once again in a breakaway on Friday's stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 19: Power In The Breakaway

13. September 2013

Danilo Wyss was most prominent of three BMC Racing Team riders in Friday's breakaway, while teammate Dominik Nerz was the squad's top finisher on the 10th mountain-top finish of this year's Vuelta a España.

Overall Lead Changes Hands
Wyss, Nerz and Italian national road champion Ivan Santaromita were three of 20 riders in  a breakaway that escaped early in the 181-kilometer race. But Wyss said the group did not have good cooperation. "It was not such a good atmosphere, so we started attacking," he said. "I went to the front with seven other guys. But behind, Katusha was pulling the whole day. Even if you were going really fast at the front, they really didn't let us go. I have no regrets. I did everything I could and it didn't work. So it's OK." The last rider in Wyss's original escape group was reeled in just outside the final kilometer. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha Team) attacked to win the stage solo while Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) finished fifth and took the race lead by three seconds over previous leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team). Nerz finished 13th, 41 seconds back, and moved up one spot overall to 15th, 18:52 behind. Saturday's penultimate stage features the finish climb of Alto de l'Angliru, a 12.2-km ascent averaging 10.2 percent gradient.

Listen to Wyss's complete comments on the BMC Racing Team's Vuelta a España Audio Line.