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74th Tour de Suisse - Stage 5 Reactions Updated
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Date: 6/16/2010
74th Tour de Suisse - Stage 5 Reactions Updated

74th Tour de Suisse - Stage 5 Reactions
Team and Ride comments after Stage 5 - Omega Pharma's Gerben Löwik Forced to Abandon after crash...  Updated Arnaud Coyot successful Surgery for fractures in stage 3

June 12 - 20,

ersey Leaders Stage 5
Maillot Jaune: Tony Martin HTC/Columbia
Points: Javier Aramendia  Euskaltel/Euskadi
KOM:  Aitor Hernandez Euskaltel/Euskadi
Team: Saxo Bank
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BMC Racing Team
Marcus Burghardt Wins!
Marcus Burghardt's well-timed attack just outside one kilometer helped him solo to victory and deliver the BMC Racing Team a win on its title sponsor's home soil Wednesday at the Tour de Suisse.

Well-Timed Attack
On a rain-soaked day, Burghardt was part of a five-man group that built a lead of five minutes before it dwindled to just three: Burghardt, Daniel Oss (Liquigas) and Martijn Maaskant (Garmin-Transitions). "My plan was to look for Maaskant because he was the strongest, but then he went out on the left side and was blocked by Oss," Burghardt said. "When I saw that, I took the moment and attacked. This is a nice present for (BMC Racing Team Owner) Andy Rihs and the BMC Racing Team to have a victory in Switzerland."

BMC's Third Win Of 2010
The win was the BMC Racing Team's third of the season and Burghardt's first since Stage 18 of the 2008 Tour de France. BMC Racing Team Director Sportif John Lelangue said the plan for the 172 km race was to place someone other than Steve Morabito (sixth place overall) in the breakaway. "Marcus even told me, 'I'll be in the break, no problem,' " Lelangue said. "I was pretty confident once they made it to 30 km to go that they would make it."

Caisse d'Epargne
Arnaud Coyot Surgery

Caisse d’Epargne rider ARnaud Coyot, who was one of the main victims of the crash that happened during the final sprint of the 3rd stage of the Tour of Switzerland, was successfully operated this morning in the hospital SOS Main in Lille (France). Arnaud was suffering from an elbow and scaphoid bone fracture.

During the operation which took place this morning, a reduction screw was fixed. The French rider will be able to train again after a rest period of three weeks.

 Lampre/Farnese Vini
Angelo Furlan Protagonist in Break
He tried to hang on in the last climb, he forced his powerful legs in order to pedal in the most efficient way, but in the end he had to surrender and to look at his break mates going away under the pouring rain.

Angelo Furlan, outstanding protagonist with Burghardt, Oss, Maskaant and Aramendia of an attack begun at the 10th km of the 5th stage  had to say goodbye to victory on the Aeschi climb, 4 km of length, at 14 km to go: Lampre-Farnese Vini's sprinter and Aramendia could not follow Oss, Maskaant and Burghardt and so they came back to the bunch.

First Top 5 Performance for Ulissi
Burghardt was skillful in preceding his two breakaway mates, while the group reaching the arrival after 47" and McEwen preceded a surprising Ulissi.This is the first time for the young blue-fucsia cyclist in the top five.

During the stage, Spilak had a crash without consequences while he was descending the Schallenberg.

"Furlan showed real grinta in following one of the attacks that characterized the early part of the stage - Piovani, Lampre-Farnese Vini's sport director with Vicino - He tried to save energies for the climb in the last part, but he could not keep the pace of the breakaway mates. Anyway, compliments to Furlan and to Ulissi too: in the sprint of the bunch, since Petacchi was not there, I told Diego and Gavazzi to play their cards: Ulissi did it in a good way".

Diego Ulissi very happy
"It was outstanding being there, battling against riders such as Robbie McEwen, even if it was for the 4th place. Before the sprint, the situation was quite confused, with many changes of directions, so I followed McEwen when he chose te enter in a central space and he brought me to a good result".

Team Milram
Johannes Fröhlinger eighth on the stage

Milram's Johannes Fröhlinger proved his good form with a Top Ten placing on the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse.He was attentive all day, rode alongside the favorites on the climbs and took eighth place in the sprint of the decimated field.

D.S. Ralf Grabsch
"Johannes Fröhlinger didn't just ride well today, but also brought in a good result with eighth place...I am happy that Johannes is coming into Tour form, because he is so important for our team and always good for a surprise.“

Behind the escpae of five, Milram's Björn Schröder led the peloton and picked up the tempo, putting pressure on the escapees Schröder was replaced on the way up the last ranked climb (category three) by the entire Team RadioShack. Milram's Johannes Fröhlinger attentively helped to force the speed and to catch the first of the escapees to fall back. The gap of the remaining trio of Oss, Burghardt and Maaskant was big enough for them to stay away until the end.

Pharma Omega/Lotto
Gerben Löwik Forced to Abandon

Our team has lost Gerben Löwik after a bad crash today on the first descent. He is suffering from a deep cut on the right leg and bruises at the head.

Team SKY
Simon Gerrans Another Top Ten
The Australian positioned himself towards the head of the peloton in the closing stages and rolled over the line 47 seconds behind Marcus Burghardt, who had timed his late attack to perfection to secure the victory.

Thomas Löfkvist also enjoyed a trouble-free day in the saddle and maintained his third place overall by finishing in the same group as Gerrans, Juan Antonio Flecha, Lars Petter Nordhaug and Kjell Carlström. The Swede remains just nine seconds adrift of yellow jersey holder Tony Martin.

After the stage sports director Marcus Ljungqvist said: "Another top 10 finish is good to see. Our plan for today had been to get Simon in contention and that would have been the case if the break hadn't stayed away. You have to hand it to those guys though that took the top three, they rode well all day in some pretty tough conditions. We'll keep fighting though and hopefully that stage win will come."

Rafael Valls 16th
Spaniard Rafael Valls was once again the  top rider on top of the Footon/Servetto/Fuji team on the  fourth stage which was  marked by pouring rain all day.

 The young climber from Cocentaina made that 40-rider group, coming in 16th slot behind the big sprinters and saving the numerous crashes and troubles during the race, which neither affected the other four cyclists from the Gold Generation still on course. The team proves this way ready for the Queen stage on Thursday: 213 kilometers from Meiringen to La Punt, with the passes over Susten (HC) and Oberalp (Cat. 1) right from the start, plus the monter Albula (HC) just 9 kilometers from the descending finish.

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