BMC Racing Team #2016Flashback - AUGUST23. November 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
August opened with a string of top ten finishes for BMC Racing Team at the Tour of Utah and Vuelta a Burgos thanks to Rick Zabel and Jempy Drucker respectively.
The final day of racing at the Vuelta a Burgos saw Ben Hermans test his climbing legs, taking third place on the stage and second place overall. On the other side of the world Darwin Atapuma was doing the same thing when he climbed to second place on the queen stage at the Tour of Utah and eventually finished fourth overall.
Undoubtedly the highlight of August came courtesy of Greg Van Avermaet. After a year of highs (Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Tirreno-Adriatico win, Tour de France stage win and three days in the yellow jersey), and lows (crashing out of Ronde van Vlaanderen), Van Avermaet defied expectation to win the Olympic Road Race in Rio in an incredible display of racing. Standing on the podium at the Olympic Games is a moment that Greg Van Avermaet will never forget.
The action continued in August in Europe and with victory for Joey Rosskopf on stage 1 of the Tour du Limousin after Rosskopf and his breakaway companions managed to hold off the peloton. With Rosskopf in the leader’s jersey, his BMC Racing Team teammates worked hard to successfully defend the jersey and Rosskopf went on to take the first overall win of his professional career.
The highs kept coming in August with the final Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a Espana. On stage 4 Darwin Atapuma was part of the day’s breakaway and climbed to second place on the stage which was enough to put him in the leader’s red jersey. It was a dream come true for Atapuma and one that lasted four days. Samuel Sanchez was BMC Racing Team’s GC hope for the Vuelta a Espana and he didn’t disappoint, with the seasoned pro consistently climbing well throughout the first half of the race.