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The BMC Racing Team controlled the peloton for much of the penultimate stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
The BMC Racing Team controlled the peloton for much of the penultimate stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Amgen Tour, Stage 7: Van Garderen Keeps The Lead

19. May 2013

BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen rode to a third-place finish on Saturday's summit finish at Mt. Diablo to keep the race lead with one day to go at the Amgen Tour of California.

Teammates 'Made Life Easy'
The BMC Racing Team controlled the pace on the 16-kilometer climb at the end of the 147.1 km race, pulling back an early breakaway and several counter-attacks. Only Leopold König (Tea NetApp-Endura), who soloed to win by seven seconds, and runner-up Janier Acevedo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) were able to distance themselves from van Garderen, who crossed the line 12 seconds after König. "I think it was a tough day for the team, but they made life easy for me," van Garderen said after pulling on the race leader's yellow jersey for the third straight day. "The guys controlled things from the beginning of the race, right up until the end. I only had to hit the wind in the last couple hundred meters. So they made my life so stress free. It was an incredible day." Mathias Frank finished fifth on the stage – to remain fourth overall – and Amaël Moinard was 14th to keep the BMC Racing Team at the top of the team classification. Sunday's 129.9 km stage finishes in Santa Rosa, headquarters of the BMC Racing Team. "Tomorrow will be all about staying out of trouble," van Garderen said. "It's an incredible feeling and I'm glad I will be able to make the team proud in Santa Rosa."

Listen to complete comments from van Garderen at the race press conference on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.