BMC Racing Team #2016Flashback - APRIL11. November 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
April got off to a good start at the Volta Limburg Classic where neo pro Floris Gerts attacked to take the solo win, his first win as a professional.
Gerts took the win on the eve of Ronde van Vlaanderen, one of the most important races on the calendar for BMC Racing Team and one that Greg Van Avermaet was hoping to win.
Early in Ronde van Vlaanderen, Marcus Burghardt was involved in a crash and was forced to abandon the race. Unfortunately, more bad luck was to come for BMC Racing Team when a crash brought down six BMC Racing Team riders, including Van Avermaet who would later be diagnosed with a broken collarbone. BMC Racing Team’s hopes of winning Ronde van Vlaanderen literally came crashing down. And whilst Van Avermaet, Michael Schär and Manuel Quinziato were forced to abandon the race with their injuries, Jempy Drucker, Stefan Küng, Daniel Oss and Taylor Phinney fought on to finish in what was a solid showing of strength and determination.
Meanwhile in Spain, Samuel Sánchez was captaining the team at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, where his continuous hard work was rewarded by winning stage 4 in spectacular fashion. It was Sánchez’ first individual win since 2013 and one that helped him to go on and finish in sixth place on the General Classification.
After an uneventful Paris-Roubaix for BMC Racing Team, the focus turned to the Ardennes Classics where neo-pro Loïc Vliegen proved he had the legs by finishing in tenth place at De Brabantse Pijl and going one better to finish in ninth place at Amstel Gold Race. Samuel Sánchez was back in action at the Ardennes where he continued his form from Vuelta al Pais Vasco to take sixth place at La Fleche Wallone and just miss the podium at a brutal edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege where he finished in fourth place.
Tour de Romandie rounded out the racing in April where Tejay van Garderen finish in tenth place overall and Richie Porte was forced to abandon due to illness.