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Taylor Phinney was in a five-man breakaway for most of GP Citta di Camaiore. (©Sirotti.)
Taylor Phinney was in a five-man breakaway for most of GP Citta di Camaiore. (©Sirotti.)

Phinney Motivated In GP Citta di Camaiore Breakaway

28. February 2013

BMC Racing Team's Taylor Phinney said he had extra motivation to get in the breakaway in Thursday's edition of the GP Citta di Camaiore.

Special Sprint For Family Friend
A prime sprint 37 kilometers into the 183-kilometer race honored the late Fabio Casartelli, who died after crashing on a mountain descent in the 1995 Tour de France. "I know the Casartelli family and that he was a pretty special person to the likes of George Hincapie, Jim Ochowicz and Dr. Max Testa –  so they have ties to the BMC Racing family through the Motorola team," Phinney said. "It was my first breakaway as a professional that went from the gun and I actually had a lot of fun. We had a good group of guys working together and rolling along. Hopefully it alleviated some pressure off the team." After Phinney won the special sprint, he and the four others in the escape enjoyed freedom until the last of six trips up the Monte Pitoro climb on the circuit course. A group of 12 crested the climb but BMC Racing Team's Steve Cummings and Greg Van Avermaet, who had been positioned near the front, did not make the selection. "When the attacks went the last time up, Steve was on their wheels but didn't quite make it into the final group," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) took the win ahead of Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida).