Action-packed Day of Racing from Romandie to Yorkshire29. April 2016, 29 April 2016, Sion (SUI) / Settle (ENG) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team lined up on two occasions today, for the Tour de Romandie Stage 3 ITT and Stage 1 of the three-day Tour de Yorkshire.
The conditions may have been from one extreme to the other with blue skies and sun in Switzerland and cold and rain in Yorkshire, but the racing action was just as exciting at both races.
Tejay van Garderen put in a solid ITT performance at the Tour de Romandie to finish in 11th place behind winner Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), and has made his way back into the top ten on the General Classification to sit in 9th place, 1’22 behind race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team).
Meanwhile in Yorkshire, a predicted bunch sprint saw Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo) take the win, with Floris Gerts sprinting to 6th place.
Quotes of the Day:
Tour de RomandIe:
Tejay van Garderen:
"I was hoping for exceptional today but I guess I could say it was more solid. It was a good result in that I moved up into the top ten on GC. Now we have a really tough day ahead of us with Stage 4. I think if the team and I keep chipping away I can maybe move up higher in GC."
"Tomorrow is going to be a huge day. I think the first climb will be a big one and I wouldn't be surprised if some of the teams who are a bit down in GC really go for it and try and shake things up. We'll see what happens and do what we can."
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“The objective for today was to get a good result in the ITT after the crash yesterday which Tejay was involved in, and the overall result on stage 2 which wasn’t what we had hoped for. Tejay put in a good performance today, which has put him back in the top ten on GC going into the Queen stage tomorrow.”
“We’re not going into stage 4 with any pressure, not for Tejay or for anyone else. We’ll be looking for the best result for BMC Racing Team, whether that is with Tejay or with another of our riders who can take an opportunity. Tejay has nothing to lose tomorrow so we’re going to do the best we can on what will surely be a very tough stage.”
Tour de Yorkshire:
“I’m really happy with my result because I know I can do sprint like that. When I was up there in the sprint and look around I was really sprinting with the best which is a nice feeling. I knew in the run in to the line I had to keep moving up and telling myself that I was capable of sprinting with those riders.”
“It was all about surviving in those conditions today. Team Sky tried to split the peloton when the roads got more narrow but eventually everyone came back together and we were up there as a team.”
“We’ll see what happens in the next two days. Stage 3 is definitely a nice one to win and would also play a part in the GC.”
Tour de Romandie
Stage 3 ITT Sion – Sion (15.1km)
Top 3: Thibaut Pinot (FDJ), Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant Alpecin), Bob Jungels (Etixx-Quick Step)
Tour de Yorkshire
Stage 1 Beverley – Settle (185km)
Top 3: Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo), Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEDGE), Nikias Arndt (Team Giant Alpecin).
BMC Racing Team Flickr Gallery
See photos from the race.