BMC: Three In The Escape
Tour de France, Stage 20: Three In The Escape
The BMC Racing Team placed three riders – Marcus Burghardt, world road champion Philippe Gilbert and Tejay van Garderen – in a group of nine that made a bid for freedom on the penultimate stage of the Tour de France.
‘Race And Not Just Follow’
Burghardt was one of four original instigators – all of them past Tour stage winners – who got away early in the 125-kilometer race. Later, Gilbert and van Garderen jumped across to the front group when the gap between the chase dropped to about a minute. The escapees, who were chasing solo rider Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard), eventually split up on the second-to-last of six climbs. With the overall contenders bearing down on his group, van Garderen put in an attack. “We wanted to give it a try, even if it was a slim chance,” van Garderen said. “We wanted to race and not just follow. Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) soloed out of a small group that included race leader Chris Froome (Sky Procycling) to win the stage. Froome leads Quintana by 5:03 and third-placed Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha Team) by 5:47. With a day of the race to go, BMC Racing Team’s Cadel Evans looked back on his performance. “I came here with big ambitions – that’s how I go for the Tour and that’s what has gotten me good results in the past,” he said. “This year we made a choice about the program leading into the Tour. We always knew it could work but it could also backfire and not work. Obviously the result here was to say it didn’t work for the Tour.”