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Thor Hushovd celebrated his fifth win of the year and the BMC Racing Team's 19th of the season Thursday at the Tour de Pologne. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Thor Hushovd celebrated his fifth win of the year and the BMC Racing Team's 19th of the season Thursday at the Tour de Pologne. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour de Pologne, Stage 5: Hushovd Wins Again

1. agosto 2013

Norwegian road champion Thor Hushovd powered past Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ.fr) and Daniele Ratto (Cannondale Pro Cycling) to take his second stage win at the Tour de Pologne, his fifth victory of the season and the BMC Racing Team's third straight at the race.

String Of Victories
Hushovd, who also took the lead in the sprint classification, said when the final breakaway of the 160.5-kilometer race was reeled in with five kilometers to go, he was poised to deliver the BMC Racing Team's 19th win of the year. "For sure, the sprint was a perfect one for me," he said. "I knew if the group came back, I would have a good chance. The last climb was hard, but the team did a good job and everyone was working well together like we have been the whole race." The three straight stage wins ties a team record set last month when Hushovd (Stage 3) and Mathias Frank (Stages 4 and 5) won three in-a-row at the Tour of Austria. It was also the BMC Racing Team's sixth win in the past 11 days, a stretch that includes three victories last week by Greg Van Avermaet at the Tour de Wallonie, Hushovd's win on Stage 3 on Tuesday and Wednesday's solo victory by Taylor Phinney. "We are a really good group here," Hushovd said. "We are enjoying racing together and when the ball first starts rolling, it doesn't stop and everything goes well. We don't have any pressure. We just do our jobs and the rest comes along."

Frank In The Breakaway
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said having Frank as part of an early breakaway that was only brought back in the final 26 km took pressure off the team. "We knew this would be a difficult day to control because the stage was not so hard and because of that we were focused on putting someone in the break," he said. "Mathias was the guy I asked and he did an amazing job." When six riders escaped the peloton again with 19 km left, BMC Racing Team's Marco Pinotti and Phinney helped with the chase to bring them back. The final piece of teamwork was put on the shoulders of Italian road champion Ivan Santaromita, who escorted Hushovd up the final climb and helped bring him to the final kilometer. "All the guys were fantastic again today," Baldato said. With two days to go, the overall lead changed hands with Jon Izaguirre (Euskaltel-Euskadi) using a time bonus to overtake Rafa Majka (Team Saxo-Tinkoff). Santaromita (14th, 1:24 behind) is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider overall.