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The BMC Racing Team rode in defense of the lead of Martin Kohler on Thursday's stage. (©Sirotti)
The BMC Racing Team rode in defense of the lead of Martin Kohler on Thursday's stage. (©Sirotti)

Tour Down Under, Stage 3: Kohler Now Second

19. gennaio 2012

Victor Harbour, South Australia

Martin Kohler slipped from the lead at the Santos Tour Down Under Thursday, but the BMC Racing Team rider said he is not too disappointed knowing a strong overall finish remains within his grasp.

Defending The Lead

André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won his second stage in three days to unseat the Swiss national time trial champion by eight seconds in the overall standings. The race ended with a bunch sprint after the BMC Racing Team helped chase down four riders who broke away early in the undulating, 134.5-kilometer stage. "We didn't need to really ride (on the front) today because we knew if Griepel won, he could take the leader's jersey," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said. "But it was important that we rode like the team of the leader." Kohler said the race left him fatigued, both physically and mentally. "It was a very nervous day and there was a lot of wind," he said. "Of course, I would have liked to have held onto the jersey another day. But I'm in a good place on general classification and if I can take it a bit more easier one more day, I can maybe do something good in the Old Willunga Hill stage (Saturday)."

Follow the link to see photos from the race: flic.kr/s/aHsjya8FyX