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The circuit through the streets of Quebec City was not an easy one. (Dr. Scott Major photo.)
The circuit through the streets of Quebec City was not an easy one. (Dr. Scott Major photo.)

Quebec City Tough on BMC Racing Team

9. settembre 2011

Quebec City, Canada

The BMC Racing Team had three riders in the main field with two climbs to go in Friday's Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, but the horsepower to follow the decisive attack wasn't there, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Mike Sayers said.

Tough Circuit
"We had Jeff Louder, George Hincapie and Brent Bookwalter there but they just couldn't go with it," Sayers said of the attack by eventual winner Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) that split the peloton. Bookwalter, who competed in the inaugural edition of this race a year ago, said an extra lap added to the 12.6-kilometer circuit was one factor. "I was nowhere near having it at the end," Bookwalter said after the 201.6 km race. "(I was) full on cramping … legs locking up and even my hands and back were cramping. It's lights out when that happens." The BMC Racing Team moves to Montreal Saturday to compete in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montreal on Sunday.