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Michael Schär, in better times (seen here in the prologue of the Critérium du Dauphiné. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Michael Schär, in better times (seen here in the prologue of the Critérium du Dauphiné. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Circuit Franco-Belge, Stage 2: Schär's Crash

28. September 2012

BMC Racing Team's Michael Schär, who was sitting seventh overall and 15 seconds off the lead, was one of several riders involved in a number of crashes during Friday's second stage of Circuit Franco-Belge.

Injured Right Elbow
Adam Blythe, in 45th place, was the BMC Racing Team's top placer, while Schär did manage to finish – 172nd of 175 finishers – after going down hard on a climb near the end of the 165.8-kilometer race. "I was moving up on the right side of the bunch and was sprinting and went over a hole," Schär said. "My chain jumped out and I pedaled into nothing so I flew over the handlebars and a bunch of guys crashed hard into me. I tried to come back but there there was a split in the bunch in the wind. It's really disappointing because I was feeling good." Schär's elbow was extremely sore and badly cut, but not broken. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said he was pleased with another day of aggressive riding, which featured Marcus Burghardt and Klaas Lodewyck in breakaways. "We had an offensive team in the final on what was a really dangerous stage," he said. "The team rode well together all in the front to try and stay safe. What happened with Michi was bad luck." Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) won the stage while Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol Team) kept the overall lead.