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Brent Bookwalter was one of the BMC Racing Team riders loading up on Elite/Gunz bottles from BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue. (BMC Racing Team photo.)
Brent Bookwalter was one of the BMC Racing Team riders loading up on Elite/Gunz bottles from BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue. (BMC Racing Team photo.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 5: Rest and Recovery

22. August 2012

On a day when the peloton enjoyed a rare circuit race in the Vuelta a España, Wednesday's objective for the BMC Racing Team was to get as much rest and recovery as possible.

Peloton A Bit Fatigued
The eight-lap race of a 21-kilometer circuit featured a solo breakaway that was caught with 30 kilometers to go. From there, John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) won the expected sprint finish as the overall classification remained unchanged. Amaël Moinard, who several times came back to the BMC Racing Team car to get ZipVit Sport nutrition and Elite/Gunz bottles, said fortunately it was not as hot as previous days on the nearly tree-less course. "With the last two hard stages, it was good to have an easier day," Moinard said. "Everybody is starting to get tired so we all needed to take it a little easier. So it was a perfect day for us." BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he is looking forward to Thursday's first day in the Pyrenees. "We'll have some opportunities to play Steve Morabito and Philippe Gilbert," he said. "We did well today with no crashes – just staying safe and preserving Steve's good position on the GC." Morabito is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider in 14th, 53 seconds behind race leader Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team).