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BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney (second from right) was in the thick of the sprint for second Monday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney (second from right) was in the thick of the sprint for second Monday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Eneco Tour, Stage 1: Phinney Sixth

12. August 2013

Taylor Phinney of the BMC Racing Team sprinted to sixth place Monday while also earning a two-second time bonus on the opening stage of the Eneco Tour of Benelux in Belgium.

'Every Second Counts'
Phinney said when he saw Lars Boom (Belkin Pro Cycling Team) accelerate for the time bonus sprint, nine kilometers from the end of the 175.3-km race, he immediately followed. "This is a race where every second counts," Phinney said. "I saw Lars going for it, so I just went with him and got some seconds. These couple days here (in Belgium) are relatively flat and mostly sprint stages. So going into the time trial (in the Netherlands on Stage 5), I wouldn't mind being higher up on the general classification and having a later start." The BMC Racing Team's efforts for that lead-out – with Manuel Quinziato, Danilo Wyss and Daniel Oss doing the last part – combined with several others squads and split the peloton before the finish. Boom's teammate, Mark Renshaw, soloed away with a kilometer to go and hung on for a two-second victory over Phinney's group. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said a top result in the bunch sprint wasn't necessarily an objective, but Phinney was feeling good and felt it would be safe. "Tomorrow, we want to be conservative and be safe in the front and not have a split," Baldato said. "If there is an opportunity, we'll take advantage. Otherwise, we will wait for the time trial."