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The BMC Racing Team rode on the front of the peloton in defense of Thor Hushovd (right). (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
The BMC Racing Team rode on the front of the peloton in defense of Thor Hushovd (right). (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour of Beijing, Stage 2: Hushovd Slips To Second

12. October 2013

BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd is tied on time with Tour of Beijing Stage 2 winner Nacer Bouhanni (FDR.fr) Saturday, but slipped to second in the overall standings due to tie-breaker criteria.

'Too Many Places Back'
Hushovd finished 27th in the bunch sprint that Bouhanni won ahead of Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) and Mitchell Docker (Orica-GreenEDGE). Because Bouhanni had the lower total when adding up each rider's finishes on the first two stages, he pulled on the leader's red jersey. Hushovd said he was well-placed until the final kilometer. "I was too many places back and then tried to go and then I got boxed in so it was over," he said. "The team did a great job to control the breakaway. Unfortunately, we did a big effort and lost the stage and lost the jersey. But sometimes it's like this." The Norwegian national road champion – who won Friday's stage in a bunch sprint, said he likely will not get another shot at winning a stage until Tuesday's final, flat stage in the center of Beijing.

Hoping For Some Help
BMC Racing Team's Martin Kohler, Marco Pinotti and Larry Warbasse split duties on the front of the peloton for much of the 201.5-kilometer stage – the longest of the five-day race – to help keep a five-man breakaway in check. "Our goal today was to control the race in a way to not go crazy," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. "It happened pretty well that five guys went and we kept them in range – four or five minutes. I am happy with the way the team rode." Kohler said he was hoping some of the teams with sprinters would help with the chase. The last of the escapees was brought back with 10 km of the finish. "But they really didn't do this," he said. "Only in the last 20 kilometers did we get help of another guy. Therefore, it was a pretty hard day."

Listen to complete comments from Hushovd (English and Norwegian), Kohler and Sciandri on the BMC Racing Team's Audio Line.