BMC Racing Team #2016Flashback - SEPTEMBER26. November 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
The action continued at the Vuelta a Espana in September and BMC Racing Team came close to a stage win on multiple occasions, including a solid showing from Danilo Wyss on stage 13 when he crossed the line in second place.
It was on stage 16 that Jempy Drucker proved to be the fastest in the sprint when he outsprinted the rest of the bunch of take the biggest win of his career. Sanchez continued to impress with his racing and remained in the top ten on GC until a crash in the final time trial left him with a dislocated shoulder and unable to finish the race.
Meanwhile BMC Racing Team was in action at the Tour des Fjords which saw Michael Schär claim second place overall after some aggressive racing, and the Tour of Britain where Rohan Dennis had his sights set on the win. There was a string of second place results, including Amaël Moinard on stage 5 and Rohan Dennis on stage 6 and stage 7a, before Dennis went one better to take the win on stage 7b and move into second place on GC.
In Canada, Greg Van Avermaet was back in the saddle and couldn’t have gone much better at the two UCI WorldTour one-day races, GP Cycliste de Quebec and GP Cyliste de Montreal, claiming secong and first respectively. Van Avermaet’s win came on the back of an already stellar season.
It was time for the last UCI WorldTour stage race of the season at Eneco Tour where a team time trial would be a valuable test run for the upcoming UCI World Championships. Rohan Dennis continued his time trial success with a win on stage 2 which put him into the race lead, a lead he held until the final day of racing when a crash on the slippery Belgian cobbles forced him to abandon the race. Nevertheless, BMC Racing Team finished the race with a string of good results, including the team time trial win and fourth place overall for Greg Van Avermaet.
September came to a close with a series of one-day races in Italy in the lead up to the final UCI WorldTour race of the season, Il Lombardia, where Philippe Gilbert recorded two sixth places at Tre Valli Varesine and Giro del Piemonte.