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Yannick Eijssen's heroics on the BMC impec earned him most aggressive rider honors. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)
Yannick Eijssen's heroics on the BMC impec earned him most aggressive rider honors. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)

Tour of Utah, Stage 5: Eijssen Posts Career-Best Finish

11. August 2013

BMC Racing Team's Yannick Eijssen scored a career-best, third-place result after his bid for solo victory came up short on Saturday's queen stage that finished at Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.

Teammates Motivated Him
After being overtaken by eventual stage winner and new race leader Chris Horner (RadioShack Leopard) and runner-up Tom Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) with three kilometers to go in the 182.6-kilometer race, Eijssen finished 31 seconds later to earn the Vivint most aggressive rider jersey. "I did everything I could," Eijssen said. "I'm a little bit disappointed, but I'm happy I did a good breakaway." Eijssen left the remnants of a 10-man breakaway that teammate Steve Cummings whittled to four with a sharp acceleration as the race passed through Park City. With 10 km to go to the summit, Eijssen ventured off on his own. "I decided to go full gas to the top because I felt good," he said. "The teammates I have here really motivated me and told me I was capable of doing these performances. They told me, but I didn't believe. That really motivated me."

Schär Now Best-Placed Overall
"I wish he would have gotten the win," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said. "We are all really impressed and happy that he had a good ride. He was having a hard time with the altitude coming in and and he cramped on Mt. Nebo (Thursday). But today, he was immediately feeling good and told us so." The BMC Racing Team placed three others in the top 20 Saturday: Swiss road champion Michael Schär was 10th and is the team's best-placed overall (eighth, 1:42 behind), while Larry Warbasse finished 16th and Jakub Novak was 19th. BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet, who won Tuesday's opening stage and had not finished worse than runner-up since, placed 40th and held onto the XO Communications sprint leader's jersey with one day to go. Horner and Danielson are tied on time in the overall standings, with Lucas Euser (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team) third at 33 seconds.

Listen to complete comments from Eijssen on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.