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Steve Cummings was part of a breakaway for much of the race. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Steve Cummings was part of a breakaway for much of the race. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Cummings In The Breakaway At Dwars door Vlaanderen

26. March 2014

Steve Cummings was in the breakaway and Silvan Dillier was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher Wednesday at Dwars door Vlaanderen, as Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) soloed to the win for the second time in three years.

The Course:
The 200.8-kilometer race included 11 distinctive short – but steep – climbs, five of which featured cobblestones.

The Breakaway:
After a fast hour of racing that saw the peloton cover more than 50 kilometers, 22 riders shook free from the peloton. But the group of escapees that included Cummings was never allowed more than three minutes of freedom.

The Winning Move:
As eight remaining riders from the breakaway were being caught on the Paterberg with 30 km to go, Terpstra attacked. He gradually increased his lead to 30 seconds with 20 km to go, saw it fall to 20 seconds as four riders gave chase out of the peloton, and won by 17 seconds.

Best Of The Rest:
Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) won the field sprint ahead of Borut Bozic (Astana Pro Team) and Jean-Pierre Drucker (Wanty-Goubert). Dillier, in 18th place, and Klaas Lodewyck, in 32nd, were the BMC Racing Team's riders in the main finishing group.

What Sport Director Max Sciandri Said:
"It was good to see Steve Cummings in the breakaway. He made the best out of of it, especially since this is not really his kind of race. But he put himself in a good spot. Silvan was our leader for today and, though he is still a young guy, he did quite well for us."

View photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.