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Wednesday's stage featured a number of non-categorized climbs. (photo: Tim de Waele)
Wednesday's stage featured a number of non-categorized climbs. (photo: Tim de Waele)

Vuelta a España, Stage 5: Solid Performance

24. August 2011

Valdepeñas de Jaén, Spain

Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said he liked what he saw from the BMC Racing Team Wednesday on another difficult day at the Vuelta a España.

Santambrogio Moves Up

"The guys were doing the best they could to make the break and we had a guy in nearly every one today," Verbrugghe said. Mauro Santambrogio's 33rd place finish led the BMC Racing Team and moved him up three spots to 38th in the overall standings. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) won the 187 kilometer stage and Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) kept the overall lead. "Mauro is getting better and he's finding his rhythm," Verbrugghe said. "The coming days will be good for him. And it was normal to only have him in the front group after all the guys tried hard to make the breakaway."