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Brent Bookwalter (far left) is one of four BMC Racing Team riders in the top 25 overall. (photo: Tim de Waele)
Brent Bookwalter (far left) is one of four BMC Racing Team riders in the top 25 overall. (photo: Tim de Waele)

Tour of California, Stage 7: Morabito Moves Up

21. maggio 2011

Mt. Baldy, California

BMC Racing Team's Steve Morabito climbed his way into the top 10 and teammate George Hincapie figured prominently in the early breakaway Saturday on the queen stage of the Amgen Tour of California.

Tough Climb

Morabito was part of a select group midway up the tortuous climb of Mt. Baldy on the race's penultimate stage. After Team Radioshack teammates Levi Leipheimer (stage winner) and Chris Horner (overall leader) crossed the line together, Morabito won the sprint for fifth place to move into ninth overall. "I was really feeling good, like I could win the stage," Morabito said, "but I made a mistake when Tejay Van Garderen and Andy Schleck opened the gap. I thought for sure, we would come back. So I wanted to save energy in the final four or five kilometers, but they sped up in the front and the gap opened up."