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BMC Racing Team #2016Flashback - JUNE

17. November 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team

Darwin Atapuma takes the solo win on stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse. (c) TDWSport.com

June couldn’t have started any better than with Jempy Drucker winning the prologue on home soil at the Tour of Luxembourg on the first day of the month.

Drucker relished the chance to wear the leader’s jersey and defended it on the second day of racing. Philippe Gilbert had a dream run at the race, winning stages 2 and 4, which was enough to secure second place overall.

Richie Porte was back in action at the Criterium du Dauphine and came close to taking the first leader’s jersey in the prologue, where he crossed the line six seconds off victory. On stage 5 Porte showed he had the climbing legs by climbing to second place on the stage and the GC, before bad luck in the closing moments of the final stage saw him finish in fourth place overall.

The Tour de Suisse would see BMC Racing Team walk away with two important stage wins courtesy of Darwin Atapuma and Tejay van Garderen. Atapuma broke clear of his breakaway companions on stage 5 and attacked to take an emotional solo win, the most important stage win of his career. Two days later Tejay van Garderen attacked from the small GC group on the snow-plagued queen stage to Solden, Austria, and crossed the line in triumph.

Snow threatened racing on the final day of Tour de Suisse which saw race organizers reduce the stage to just 57km, ensuring a fast and furious final battle. Attacks played out from km 0 in what was a spectacular showing for fans and a solid day of racing for van Garderen who finish in fifth place.

The National Road Championships for the European riders rounded out the racing in June, where Manuel Quinziato proved to be the fastest against the clock at the Italian National Time Trial Championships, and Philippe Gilbert rode a tactical race to take the win at the Belgian National Road Race Championships.

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