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Adam Blythe followed up his 35th place finish on Stage 1 with fifth on Saturday's final stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Adam Blythe followed up his 35th place finish on Stage 1 with fifth on Saturday's final stage. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

World Ports Classic, Stage 2: Adam Blythe Fifth

1. September 2012

Adam Blythe registered his seventh top five finish of the season Saturday with fifth place for the BMC Racing Team in the final stage of the World Ports Classic.

Good Help From Teammates
Théo Bos (Rabobank Cycling Team) edged André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol Team) to take the win and Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took the overall crown of the two-day race by one second over Greipel. Blythe, who won the opening stage of Paris-Corrèze exactly one month ago, credited good teamwork for his result in the 163-kilometer race. "Everyone did a good job for me; the team was good," Blythe said. "I just tried to wait as long as possible. I was still a little bit tired from yesterday." BMC Racing Team's Marcus Burghardt and Manuel Quinziato both did turns at the front in the final kilometers to keep the pace high before Blythe freelanced off the sprint trains of Rabobank, Lotto-Belisol and Argos-Shimano. "Everyone did a good job of brining Adam into good position," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said. "It's a good result."

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