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As reward for his hard work, Martin Kohler earns not only two leader’s jerseys, but also the kisses of two charming podium girls. (Photo by Georges Luechinger BMC Racing Team Media Service)
As reward for his hard work, Martin Kohler earns not only two leader’s jerseys, but also the kisses of two charming podium girls. (Photo by Georges Luechinger BMC Racing Team Media Service)

Martin Kohler earns two jerseys - Danilo Wyss placed fourth in TDU stage 1

19. January 2010

Tanunda

The BMC Racing Team had an encouraging start to the season with their stage 1 performance at the Tour Down Under.  The “Red Devils” immediately ensured a lot of attention would be paid to the team after their stage 1 showing.   During the post-race award ceremony in Tanunda, the team had two reasons to celebrate.


In the presence of BMC owner Andy Rihs, Martin Kohler provided the team with the stage highlights having garnered the best sprinters and best young riders leader’s jerseys after having spent over 100 kilometers in a three- man break.  The team’s top sprinter Danilo Wyss then picked up where he left off last year and made a dash for the line among the best sprinters in the world, snagging fourth place in the process.  German Andre Greipel lived up to his “favourite” status by grabbing the first ProTour victory of the season, taking the lead in the Tour Down Under as a result.  Wyss finihsed the stage in fourth place in front of such renowned fast-men as Robbie McEwen and Baden Cooke. 

First Classification leader’s jerseys of his career
After the stage, Martin Kohler was especially ebullient.  With two other companions, he jumped into the right breakaway group which split off from the main field after about 20 kilometers of racing.  “Actually, the stage unfolded exactly as we expected.  In the pre-race briefing, we talked of the chance of an early escape, and I was to try and nail this group,” Kohler said.   The BMC professional was well rewarded for his efforts.  Though the escape group was caught 20 kilometers from the finish, Kohler has already won two sprint bonifications in the course of the stage, giving him the advantage for the sprint and young rider classifications.  “After the second sprint bonification I was quietly hoping that I would get the Best Young Rider jersey, but I also gained enough points for the Sprints Jersey, which means I have both.  That is of course fantastic for me.”  This marks the first time in Kohler’s career that he has worn a leader’s jersey in competition, which is of course a great satisfaction for the young rider.