Marcus Burghardt took home the pink jersey of best climber at the Tour de Romandie, adding to the sprint classification title he won at the Tour of Belgium in 2011. (Photo by Chris De Vos, BMC Racing Team.)

BMC Racing Team's Burghardt Is Romandie's Mountain King

28.04.2013, Geneva, Switzerland

Marcus Burghardt of the BMC Racing Team won the King of the Mountains classification Sunday at the Tour de Romandie, while teammate Marco Pinotti finished 17th in the final Stage 5 time trial and Steve Morabito had the team's best overall placing, in 24th.

Pinotti Returning To Form
Burghardt earned the first mountains jersey of his nine-year professional career by being a part of breakaways on Stages 2, 3 and 4. "It's a nice present for all the work and efforts I had to do, but it's not really the style of my racing to go into a break for this," he said. "I saw that Sky was controlling the race and keeping things pretty close, so there was almost no way to make it to the finish." Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the 18.7-kilometer race against the clock while Chris Froome (Sky Procycling) won the race overall. Pinotti registered his best performance since returning from a crash that broke his left collarbone and two ribs in the time trial at the Tour Méditerranéan in February. "It was a good performance by him and bodes well for his future races," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Yvon Ledanois said. "He also did a lot of work this week for Steve Morabito."