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Danilo Wyss (in red/black) finished sixth in the sprint finish. (© Mario Stiehl)
Danilo Wyss (in red/black) finished sixth in the sprint finish. (© Mario Stiehl)

Tour of Austria, Stage 3: Wyss Sixth; Morabito Stays Second Overall

3. July 2012

The BMC Racing Team impressively defended the second place overall of Steve Morabito Tuesday by putting all seven of its riders in the first group over the decisive climb, then leading out Danilo Wyss for a sixth-place finish.

'Team Is Looking Good'
Morabito was surrounded by his teammates as the reduced peloton of 67 riders topped a Category 1 climb 32 kilometers from the finish of the 141.8 km race. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said it was the perfect scenario at the end of a day that saw the team of overall leader Danilo Di Luca (Aqua & Sapone) work hard to reel in a seven-man breakaway. "We did a good job of staying calm in the group, which was really important," Sayers said. "The team is looking good and everyone is gaining confidence." Wyss said he appreciated the lead-out in the final four kilometers that led to his second top 10 of the race as Sacha Modolo (Colnago-CSF Inox) took the win. "Brent especially did well to bring me up to the front in the final kilometer," he said. "I'm happy with my placing, especially because the team did a really good job." Sayers said Wednesday's queen stage poses another challenge to keeping Morabito (11 seconds off the lead) and Marco Pinotti (at 1:09 behind) in the top 10. "We'll try to have try and have maximum numbers of riders in the first group," he said. "So if we need to do work in the middle or later part of the race, we have our full complement of guys. We're stronger as a group than we are as individuals."

Listen to complete comments from Sayers on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.