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Brent Bookwalter is racing for the first time since breaking his collarbone. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Brent Bookwalter is racing for the first time since breaking his collarbone. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour of California, Stage 4: Strong Showing

18. May 2011

San Jose, California

Led by Steve Morabito and Brent Bookwalter's 13th and 14-place finishes, respectively, the BMC Racing Team placed four riders in the top 20 Wednesday on the first of two mountain-top finishes at the Amgen Tour of California.

Plenty of Options

Bookwalter said he rode the final five-kilometer climb of Sierra Road at his own pace. "If you overextend yourself at the bottom, you pay for it at the top," he said. "I wasn't quite good enough to stay with the front guys at the bottom, so I backed off and then made up some ground." Said Morabito: "I wasn't looking at my SRM. I was just looking at who was at the front and thinking maybe it would slow down after the first attack, but it didn't go like that." Chris Horner (Team Radioshack) soloed to win the stage. In the overall standings, Bookwalter (13th, 2:33 behind Horner) is best-placed of four BMC Racing Team riders in the top 20. "We have a lot of cards to play," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said. "Any of those guys can get in a breakaway and be a threat. Every day from here on out is going to be decisive."