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Marcus Burghardt was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher at Milan-San Remo. (Tim de Waele photo.)
Marcus Burghardt was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher at Milan-San Remo. (Tim de Waele photo.)

Milan-San Remo: Goal Met In First Spring Classic

20. marzo 2010

San Remo, Italy

BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz said the squad successfully achieved its goal of keeping its leaders (Alessandro Ballan, Marcus Burghardt, George Hincapie and Karsten Kroon) in the front Saturday at Milan-San Remo.

Good Preparation For Belgian Classics

Burghardt was best-placed (22nd), finishing in the same time as winner Oscar Freire (Rabobank ProTeam). “The other guys did their job well to make that happen,” Ochowicz said. “Considering the race itself and the distance and the competition, we’re coming out of here in good shape heading into the Belgian Classics.” Burghardt said when he crested the Capo Berta he knew he would be able to be up front on the final climbs, the Cipressa and the Poggio. “The fact I could stay in the lead group was really good for my morale for the next few races,” Burghardt said.

Fast Tempo Kept Race Hard
Director Sportif John Lelangue said of all the Spring Classics the BMC Racing Team will do, Milan-San Remo was the one not necessarily suited to its strengths. “This is the race where you need to have a sprinter at the end if it comes down to a little group,” Lelangue said. “Arriving at the finish and looking to the situation, we knew that it would be difficult for Marcus to make a good sprint. But all four of our leaders are really in good condition and ready for the next three weekends.”

‘Finally Felt Good Again’
Hincapie said he was pleased with his performance. “I finally felt good again,” he said. “I started Tirreno-Adriatico (last week) not feeling great at all but started getting better throughout the race. Today, I ended up getting gapped on the descent off the Cipressa, which was a bit my fault. I kind of let my guard down because we were going so fast.”