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"I attacked there and brought some guys with me, but they took the wrong way on a roundabout, so it was not easy to organize. But I felt good and this gave me confidence," Gilbert says

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14.03.2014 @ 12:35 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Philippe Gilbert (BMC) decided to test his legs for the classics in yesterday's flat Tirreno-Adriatico stage when he made an attack with 13km to go. The former world champion was happy with his feeling and gained confidence from his ill-fated attempt.


BMC Racing Team's Philippe Gilbert tried an attack in the final 10 kilometers and teammate Danilo Wyss gave it a go in the bunch sprintThursday at Tirreno-Adriatico. Stretching 173 kilometers rom San Vincenzo to Cascina, the course included two laps of a 20-km finishing circuit.

Marco Canola (Bardiani-CSF), David De La Cruz (NetApp-Endura), Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team), Davide Malacarne (Team Europcar) and Daniel Teklehaymanot (MTN-Qhubeka) formed a breakaway in the first three kilometers and built a more than four-minute lead. As the sprinters' teams led the chase, Dowsett remained the lone leader until he was brought back inside of seven kilometers to go.

After a crash with 13 km left disrupted the chase of Dowsett, Gilbert said he sensed it was an opportunity to attack.


"I saw that some sprinters were not there, so I was thinking since it was a moment where it wasn not well organized, maybe it would be a moment to try something," he said. "I attacked there and brought some guys with me, but they took the wrong way on a roundabout, so it was not easy to organize. But I felt good and this gave me confidence."

Matteo Pelucchi (IAM Cycling) was the surprise stage winner, beating out Arnaud Demare ( and André Greipel (Lotto Belisol). Wyss was best for the BMC Racing Team, in 12th place. In the overall standings, Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) retained the race lead.

"I was at the front, so I tried to go on my own," Wyss said. "But I had already done some work for Cadel and Phil. It was a really crazy sprint, with a lot of headwind. I couldn't really sprint. I was always blocked on the right and the left."


You can read our preview of stage 3 here.



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