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Larry Warbasse and the peloton endured a cold, wet day of racing Thursday. (Photo by Sean Weide, BMC Racing Team.)
Larry Warbasse and the peloton endured a cold, wet day of racing Thursday. (Photo by Sean Weide, BMC Racing Team.)

País Vasco, Stage 4: Weather Takes Its Toll

4. April 2013

Rain and chilly conditions made an already difficult stage of Vuelta al País Vasco that much harder, BMC Racing Team's Swiss national road champion Martin Kohler said after Thursday's 151.6-kilometer race over six categorized climbs.

Cummings Withdraws
Kohler's teammate, Steve Cummings, withdrew before the finish due to the conditions and at least two riders slid out as they crossed the finish line on the rain-slickened pavement. "There is nothing worse than this," Kohler said. "Even zero degrees and dry is better. In conditions like this, after 30 minutes, you are wet and you never get warm again." Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) won the stage from a small group while BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen finished 21st, 57 seconds later. Sergio Henao (Sky Procycling) kept the lead by finishing second on the day. "This was a very hard and difficult day for everyone, especially after the tough finish yesterday," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "I hope for a better performance tomorrow. But I'm also still trusting that Tejay will do well in Saturday's time trial."