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"Those guys were definitely better sprinters than I am," he said. "So in the last 30 kilometers, I didn't do the longest pulls so I could maybe have something left against them."

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09.02.2014 @ 17:30 Posted by Andy Pedersen

Michael Schär of BMC Racing Team was a part of the 5-man breakaway that kept the sprinters away from the podium places. The stage victory was decided in a sprint and Dutchman Niki Terpstra took the victory ahead of Jürgen Roelandts. Michael Schär took the last place on the podium.


Schär is very satisfied with the result, because he knew that the other riders in the breakaway were faster than him. Schär sparred himself in the last 30 kilometres and hoped that he could challenge the other riders.


"Those guys were definitely better sprinters than I am," he said. "So in the last 30 kilometers, I didn't do the longest pulls so I could maybe have something left against them. In the last kilometer, I was thinking of going, but then (Guillaume) Van Keirsbulck surprised us from the back. So then we just had a normal sprint. Third was not so bad for me."


With 10 kilometres to go, the breakaway only had a 14 seconds lead. But the five man managed to keep the peloton behind them and Terpstra took the win with one second down to the rest of the group. The peloton powered in 7 seconds behind Terpstra.

Schär have a good feeling about the rest of the week. He says that he is in a good shape.


"I am feeling pretty good," Schär said. "I feel like the shape is here. The whole team was pretty strong. Everyone was pretty much in the first echelon. This is a good sign for the whole week."


Sports Director Valerio Piva said he is very proud of the guys and that the team is motivated ahead of the rest of the race.


"I'm proud of the guys," Piva said. "The team is strong and motivated. We will try again tomorrow. If we race like this on the other stages, for sure we will get a victory."


Martin Kohler was also a part of the breakaway, but fell off the group. He also think the team is looking great.


"We went after maybe 25 kilometers," he said. "I wanted to attack so if there was a big split in the peloton, I would make the first echelon. So I did. I think it was a very good move for the whole team. It was a good day for us."



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