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Manuel Quinziato said Friday's stage was hard right from the start. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Manuel Quinziato said Friday's stage was hard right from the start. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Critérium du Dauphiné, Stage 6: Quinziato 16th

7. June 2013

Manuel Quinziato was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher in the bunch sprint Friday at the Critérium du Dauphiné that followed a four-up dash to the line by the survivors of an original eight-man breakaway.

On The Wheel of Boasson Hagen
Forty-six seconds after Thomas Voeckler (Team Europcar) took the stage win, Quinziato and Dominik Nerz (32nd) were the only two BMC Racing Team riders in the main group sprinting for fifth place. "I took the wheel of Edvald Boasson Hagen on the last corner," Quinziato said. "I thought it was 350 meters to the finish but it was actually 500. I can sprint, but I'm not a specialist. I am feeling in good shape, though, coming out of the Dauphiné." Boasson Hagen won the bunch sprint of the 143-kilometer stage as Chris Froome (Sky Procycling) held onto the overall lead with two days of the race to go.  BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said a 52 kph average for the first hour of racing made it a hard day for everyone. "The team did good work to try and keep Thor Hushovd in the front group," he said. "But it was difficult for everyone – for Thor and other sprinters like (Nacer) Bouhanni, (Francesco) Gavazzi and for (Gianni) Meersman."