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A Big Day of WorldTour Racing

10. March 2016, Pomarance (ITA) / Romans-sur-Isère (FRA) — Road Team

The BMC Racing Team riders spent the day at the front to protect race leader Daniel Oss. (c) Tim De Waele/TDWSport.com

It was a busy day of racing for BMC Racing Team, lining up at two UCI WorldTour races, Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2 and Paris-Nice Stage 4.

It was a busy day of racing for BMC Racing Team, lining up at two UCI WorldTour races, Tirreno-Adriatico Stage 2 and Paris-Nice Stage 4.

A Day at the Front at Tirreno-Adriatico

After winning the opening TTT on Wednesday, BMC Racing Team went into stage 2 with Daniel Oss in the leader’s blue jersey and showed exceptional teamwork at the front of the peloton all day to control the race.

It was billed as a tough stage with a series of tricky climbs in the final 60km and it didn’t disappoint. After a 6 rider breakaway spent most of the day away, Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quick-Step) attacked with 3km to go and managed to hold off a small group, which included four BMC Racing Team riders, to take the win and race lead.

Greg Van Avermaet crossed the line in seventh place and retains his second place on the General Classification, with Tejay van Garderen rounding out the top three.

“It was a hard final but I think we rode pretty well. Stybar went at the right moment and then there was a moment of hesitation when nobody could react. Nibali attacked and then we just tried to close it for the sprint,” Van Avermaet said.

“I was up there and I was feeling really good on the climb which was important so I feel good for the next days.”

“It was a tricky final. We had two goals this morning; one was to have Greg up there for the sprint but the overall plan was to not lose any time with Tejay so I think everything worked out pretty well,” BMC Racing Team Sports Director Max Sciandri said.

Daniel Oss hands the leader’s jersey over to Stybar, but remains in fifth place overall.

Richie Porte crossed the line safely to retain his 9th place on GC (c) Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com

Another Bunch Sprint at Paris-Nice Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) made amends for his relegation from the stage 2 sprint to claim the win in a bunch sprint on Stage 4, holding off Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal).

Richie Porte crossed the line safely in the reduced bunch and sits in ninth place on the General Classification, 27 seconds behind race leader Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEDGE).

“It was quite a stressful day. On paper it was straightforward but there were cross winds in places and then some teams went full gas on the climbs to try and drop the sprinters. I was really happy with how the team were around me today and I think we did a good job,” Porte said about the stage.

The peloton will tackle the famous Mont Ventoux climb tomorrow early in the 198km stage from Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux to Salon-de-Provence.

“It’s obviously going to be a hard start but we just have to see what happens. I think that some teams are going to want to go full gas up there and drop some sprinters too so it should be an interesting day,” Porte explained.

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