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Martin Kohler (pictured here at the Santos Tour Down Under) was part of a four-man breakaway Wednesday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Martin Kohler (pictured here at the Santos Tour Down Under) was part of a four-man breakaway Wednesday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Volta a Catalunya, Stage 3: Kohler In The Breakaway

20. March 2013

Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler represented the BMC Racing Team in Wednesday's four-man breakaway that enjoyed more than 160 kilometers of freedom at the Volta a Catalunya before being brought back on the final climb.

'My Shape Is Getting Better'
Kohler and his three breakaway companions – Karol Domagalski (Caja Rural), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) Lucas Haedo (Cannondale Pro Cycling) – led by nearly seven minutes before being reeled in on the lower slopes of the 12 km climb to the summit. "I was pretty sure that the chance to go for the finish was small," Kohler said. "But in the beginning we were just riding to go in the breakaway and it happened once again for me. I was feeling good. I'm pretty happy that my shape is getting better. But in the end, the long mountain-top finish was difficult for sure." Nairo Quintana attacked in the final few hundred meters to win the stage, six seconds ahead of his Movistar teammate, Alejandro Valverde, who took the race lead. Steve Morabito was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher in 21st place, 32 seconds behind. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said Thursday's stage – which finishes with an 18.9-km climb to another mountain-top finish – will be even harder. "There's 4,000 meters of climbing, so it will be a tough one," he said.