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Martin Kohler was part of a breakaway that gained as much as a 12-minute lead. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Martin Kohler was part of a breakaway that gained as much as a 12-minute lead. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Vuelta, Stage 18: Kohler In The Break

8. September 2011

Noja, Spain

Martin Kohler of the BMC Racing Team figured in the breakaway of the day for the second time in the Vuelta a España Thursday before finishing 12th, his best individual result of the three-week race.

Decisive Move On Tough Climb

Kohler was part of a 17-man group that escaped the peloton in the first five kilometers of the 174.6 km stage that featured five categorized climbs. On the biggest one of the day, the Swiss national time trial champion lost contact with the leaders. "There was a little gap to (Luis Leon) Sanchez and I was riding two positions behind him," Kohler said. "Sanchez saw there was a gap and sped up. I was right there and wanted to close the gap, but he was speeding up and I was at my limit. Five seconds later, there was the counter with (Joaquin) Rodriguez and five guys on his wheel and I just couldn't react." BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said it was good to see Kohler figure in a break again after he was also in one on Stage 6. "The last climb was a little bit too hard for him but at least he was there and trying," Lelangue said. "Tomorrow there is another opportunity." Francesco Gavazzi (Lampre-ISD) outsprinted Kristof Vandewalle (Quick Step) for the stage win and Juan José Cobo (Geox-TMC) retained the overall lead.