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Brent Bookwalter (center) and Mathias Frank (center, standing) were two of three BMC Racing Team riders involved in a large pile-up. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Brent Bookwalter (center) and Mathias Frank (center, standing) were two of three BMC Racing Team riders involved in a large pile-up. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Paris-Nice, Stage 2: Three Involved In Crash

5. March 2013

On a day when a headwind considerably held up the peloton at Paris-Nice, three BMC Racing Team riders went down in a big pile-up, while the race leader was knocked out by a crash of his own.

Roads Slippery From Rain
Brent Bookwalter, Mathias Frank and Amaël Moinard suffered minor bruises and road rash in a crash 75 kilometers from the end of the 200 km stage. Frank said strong winds, which slowed speeds to less than 30 kph in the first two hours, played a factor. "It was a moment where everyone expected a big crosswind, so everyone was nervous and fighting for position," Frank said. "It had just started raining and was a pretty dirty road so it got really slippery. In one moment, it was 40 guys on the ground." The peloton eventually regrouped and BMC Racing Team's leader, Tejay van Garderen, finished in the same time as stage winner Marcel Kittel (Team Argos-Shimano). Elia Viviani (Cannondale) was runner-up on the stage and took the overall lead after Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) crashed badly on a turn and withdrew from the race. "It was really tricky – like the first days of the Tour de France," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. "We had another strong job by Daniel Oss and Philppe Gilbert to be there and take the wind for Tejay and put him in good position." Van Garderen said he hopes for a safer stage Wednesday. "Tomorrow is a bit more of a hilly profile so maybe it will calm down a little bit," he said. "But they're expecting bad weather, so it could be some more nervous racing."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Frank, Gilbert, Lelangue and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.