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Thor Hushovd (third from left) was just edged out for a podium finish Tuesday. (BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Thor Hushovd (third from left) was just edged out for a podium finish Tuesday. (BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 3: Hushovd Fourth

4. June 2013

Thor Hushovd finished fourth Tuesday at the Critérium du Dauphiné to record his fifth top 10 result in his last nine races for the BMC Racing Team.

Leadout Help From Quinziato
Hushovd was sixth, seventh, third and sixth in four stages of the Amgen Tour of California last month. Tuesday, he said better positioning leading into the technical finish might have resulted in a podium finish. Instead, Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) took the win ahead of Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). "When I look back, I should have been a place or two further up, but I am happy with my performance and also with my sprint," Hushovd said. "I know that Stage 6 (Friday) is good for me, so I hope I can be there. The rest of the stages will be training for the Tour de France." Hushovd received strong support from the BMC Racing Team up the final climb of the 167-kilometer race before getting a lead-out from teammate Manuel Quinziato. "In the last three kilometers, I started pulling with the Sky team," Quinziato said. "I took the lead with one-and-half-kilometers to go until 800 meters so Thor could easily stay on the wheel of Boasson Hagen." David Veilleux (Team Europcar) held onto the overall lead while Dominik Nerz moved up one spot to remain the BMC Racing Team's top rider overall in 12th, 1:57 back. Wednesday's stage is a 32.5-km individual time trial.

Click here to listen to complete comments from Hushovd (in English and Norwegian), Quinziato and Assistant Director Jackson Stewart on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.