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Michael Schär's aggressive strategy earned him his fifth top 10 finish of the year. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Michael Schär's aggressive strategy earned him his fifth top 10 finish of the year. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Schär Top 10 at Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen-Koolskamp

14. September 2012

BMC Racing Team's Michael Schär finished ninth after attacking from a chase group that worked hard to catch an original breakaway of six Friday at Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen-Koolskamp.

Fifth Top 10 Finish
After the BMC Racing Team contributed to the chase of the six leaders who escaped after 50 kilometers of the 182.6 km race, Schär attacked with eight others on the third-to-last lap of a 12.3-kilometer circuit. "We were chasing with Martin (Kohler) and Klaas (Lodewyck) but there was so much wind," Schär said. Getting cooperation from his fellow riders in the breakaway wasn't easy, either, he said. "We really weren't working together," he said. "If we had worked together, there might have been a chance to bring them back. There were attacks on the last lap on the cobbles so it was better to ride alone than with those guys." Schär's own attack on the final lap reduced the group to three while Ronan Van Zandbeek (Argos-Shimano) took the win from the original break. It was Schär's fifth top 10 finish of the year and his best since placing runner-up on Stage 3 at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah.