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Before the rain really started falling hard, Greg Van Avermaet was patrolling the front of the peloton. (©Sirotti.)
Before the rain really started falling hard, Greg Van Avermaet was patrolling the front of the peloton. (©Sirotti.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 2: Staying Safe In The Rain

7. March 2013

The BMC Racing Team's primary objective Thursday – to keep Cadel Evans safe on a rain-soaked finishing circuit – was a success, BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said.

Phinney Gives It A Go
Sciandri said conditions were dreadful once the peloton began five laps of a 12.4-kilometer circuit that capped the 232-kilometer stage, the longest of the week-long race. "At some point, it was just pouring down and it made it pretty hard to drive, actually," he said. "The riders could barely see the road. It was a good decision by the commissaires to neutralize things for a time." Taylor Phinney was the BMC Racing Team's top finisher as Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE) took the stage win and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) kept the overall lead. "Taylor had a bit of a free choice today," Sciandri said. "We told him he could jump into Cadel's small group or the group that was protecting Thor Hushovd for the sprint. Thor didn't feel it was safe to do the sprint so Taylor did his own sprint. I think the main thing was to get in safely and that's what we did today."

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