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Adam Blythe (second from left) was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the last stage. (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)
Adam Blythe (second from left) was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the last stage. (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)

Danilo Wyss 10th Overall At Ster ZLM Toer

16. June 2013

BMC Racing Team's Adam Blythe finished 13th on Sunday's final stage of Ster ZLM Toer, while teammate Danilo Wyss placed 10th overall for his best finish in a stage race since turning professional in 2008.

Ballan Finishes First Stage Race
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said Wyss's result might have been even better had the weather cooperated more for Wednesday's prologue. "Unfortunately, he started on a rainy day when the first guys started in the dry," Sciandri said. "That few seconds would have put him in the top five or top seven." Wyss said he was satisfied with his result that bettered an 11th place overall at the 2009 Tour de Beauce. "I'm happy with my top 10 on the GC (general classification)," he said. "I had really good feeling and good legs yesterday. It would be better to have it more hilly and harder. Today was really nervous again. The break made it just on the line and the final was really, really nervous." Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM) survived out of the day's breakaway to win the 176.2-kilometer race while Lars Boom (Blanco Pro Cycling Team) captured the overall. Sciandri said the team's goal to nurture Alessandro Ballan in his first stage race of the year was a success. "He actually got better as the days went by and he stayed out of the trouble," Sciandri said. Ballan said it was important for him to finish. The past world road champion was 91st overall, 21:16 back. "I feel good," he said. "I had good sensations and I think this was good training for the next race. I wanted to help the team, but sometimes it's not possible. I think this is a nice race for a comeback and we'll see how it goes for the next one."