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Manuel Quinziato went on to finish 28th after being part of a big breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Manuel Quinziato went on to finish 28th after being part of a big breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 8: Two In The Escape

9. giugno 2013

BMC Racing Team's Yannick Eijssen and Manuel Quinziato were among two dozen riders who escaped the peloton Sunday in torrid rain and cold conditions on the final stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Nerz Was Team's Best Finisher
Quinziato's freedom lasted longer of the two, with the 13-time grand tour finisher only being caught inside the final five kilometers of the Category 1 climb at the end of the 155.5-kilometer stage. "The race was much harder with the weather conditions," he said, "but I am a classics rider, so the weather conditions were not so bad for me. I am also not really a climber, but in the end, I managed to stay with the four or five best guys until five kilometers to go. So I'm really happy with my condition." Dominik Nerz (26th place) was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the stage that was won solo by Alessandro de Marchi (Cannondale Pro Cycling). Chris Froome and Richie Porte went 1-2 in the overall for Sky Procycling while Nerz was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher in 20th, 13:37 back.

Hushovd, Santaromita Stop Early
The inclement weather conditions saw 32 riders withdraw – among them, BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd and Ivan Santaromita. Both climbed off their BMCs in the feed zone. "It was very difficult in the bunch today, with bad, bad weather," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "I had no problem with them stopping. It was more important for the guys who were in the breakaway than it was for those two guys to continue riding in the back." Hushovd said he was disappointed with his form in the Dauphiné but felt good about his overall progress. "My goal is still to get into the team that's going for the Tour de France to be there for Cadel Evans and Tejay van Garderen," he said. "With each day of the race, I was feeling better. Yesterday, I was actually feeling my best. So I'm confident about my form as I work toward getting ready for the nationals and training for the Tour de France."