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The BMC Racing Team has ridden impressively each day to put two riders in the top 10 overall. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)
The BMC Racing Team has ridden impressively each day to put two riders in the top 10 overall. (©Casey B. Gibson, www.cbgphoto.com.)

USAPCC, Stage 5: Louder Fifth

28. August 2011

Breckenridge, Colorado

Jeff Louder finished fifth for the BMC Racing Team as a bunch sprint ensued after a small breakaway was swallowed up in the final kilometer Saturday at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.

Louder's Best Finish
The four breakaway riders, who included Tour de France runner-up Andy Schleck, could not hold off the chasing efforts of a number of squads, including the BMC Racing Team. Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) took his second straight stage win as Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack) remained the overall leader. BMC Racing Team's George Hincapie and Cadel Evans remained in fifth and seven place, respectively. Louder said his season-best performance came in a roundabout way. "I was trying to keep George in there," he said. "The way the sprint worked out, I basically just kind of floated up there. Then I realized if I kept going, I might get a result."

Team Helped Hincapie
Hincapie, who finished 11th in the 170.2 kilometer stage, said he survived a "rough day" in the saddle. "I wasn't really feeling too good," the three-time U.S. national champion said. "I kind of had an off day. I wasn't feeling very strong but the team really helped me out. They stayed with me and brought me back every time." Evans said he tried to be aggressive before the breakaway was established. "I just tried a couple times because we didn't have a lot to lose," the Tour de France champion said. "We could have raced real conservatively and maybe done something else, but also maybe then nothing would have come about it. When you don't have much to lose, we tried to make some opportunities for ourselves. But it didn't work out today." The race concludes Sunday with a climb over Lookout Mountain followed by six laps of a circuit through the streets of Denver.