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Tim Roe is one of six riders on the BMC Racing Team within 30 seconds of the overall lead. (©Casey B. Gibson)
Tim Roe is one of six riders on the BMC Racing Team within 30 seconds of the overall lead. (©Casey B. Gibson)

Amgen Tour of California, Stage 3: Staying In Contention

16. maggio 2012

After Tuesday's stage of the Amgen Tour of California, the BMC Racing Team remains the only squad with all of its riders within 30 seconds of the overall lead.

Final Climb Not Decisive
In Tuesday's 185.5 kilometer race, Greg Van Avermaet endured some technical problems, a bike change and flat tire just as the final climb was beginning but still managed 15th place in the bunch sprint that marked the third straight stage win by Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale). Van Avermaet said he received a great lead-in to the final kilometer from Yannick Eijssen. "I was third going into the final corner, but I was already dead from having to chase back all day," Van Avermaet said. Tejay van Garderen said a strong headwind made a tough climb up Patterson Pass less decisive. "If it's a tailwind, for sure we would have had fewer than 30 riders at the finish," he said. Instead, the overall standings remained virtually unchanged heading into the longest stage of the eight-day race.