With one day to go BMC Racing Team’s Taylor Phinney remains overall leader by 15 seconds over his teammate Steve Cummings.
Leader with one day to go
Taylor Phinney remains in the leader’s jersey after finishing 11th in the penultimate stage of the Dubai Tour. For the second day in a row Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano) won the bunch sprint ahead of Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Movistar Team). After the longest stage (162-km) of the Dubai Tour, Phinney was very grateful to his team. “Today was a hard stage, the hardest stage of the race. My team did an amazing job of controlling it,” he said. “Klaas Lodewyck, Sebastian Lander, Rick Zabel they were in control the entire day.” At the end of the race Phinney said was feeling strong: “I did my best to follow the moves, to follow the guys that I needed to follow and I felt really strong. I’m very happy to cross the line safely and still having the jersey at the end of the day.”
Team worked really well
In the overall standings, Phinney leads his teammate Stephen Cummings by 15 seconds, with Lasse Norman Hansen (Garmin Sharp) in third 17 seconds behind. BMC Racing Team Sports Director Max Sciandri was happy with the way the team controlled the race after six riders (Evan Huffman, Ruslan Karimov, Diogo Nunes, Valter Pereira, Alexandr Pliuschin and Willem Jakobus Smit) attacked earlier in the stage. The group of six enjoyed a lead of more than six minutes before being pulled back. “The guys did really well, they controlled it,” Sciandri said. “Especially the younger guys Rick (Zabel), Sebastian (Lander) and Klaas (Lodewyck), they worked really well. And Steve (Cummings) did a good job closing it down here at the end.Taylor was super on the climbs. Everybody did what they had to do.” Saturday is the last stage (123-km) in the city center of Dubai with the finish in front of the tallest skyscraper in the world, the Burj Khalifa.
Listen to complete comments from Phinney and Sciandri on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line. http://bit.ly/LWIque