Crash-marred start to Giro d’Italia6. May 2016, Apeldoorn (NED) — Road Team
It was a tough day for BMC Racing Team at the opening time trial of the Giro d’Italia.
Swiss National Time Trial champion Silvan Dillier put in a sold performance to cross the line with the tenth fastest time, 16 seconds behind winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin).
Stefan Küng, who went in as a pre-race favorite, went through the intermediate check point just one second behind Dumoulin, only to crash into the barriers and lose time in a disappointing end to his day. Despite needing a bike change and losing significant time, Küng showed his form to come home in 11’33, to finish in 34th place.
Dillier goes into stage 2 sitting in tenth place on the General Classification and Points Classification.
Quotes of the Day
“It was actually a good time trial for me with some corners, and some efforts sprinting out of the corners so this is actually what suits me quite well. I didn’t really know where I would finish because it’s actually the first time trial for me this year. So I’m pretty happy with tenth place.”
“I was really excited when I put on my Swiss National Time Trial kit today for the first time with my white shoe covers. So I thought to myself even if I don’t go very fast at least I’ll look good!”
“The next time trial in the Chianti region could be a good one for me too so I’m looking forward to this one as well. The last one is completely uphill and doesn’t suit me at all.”
"I felt really good since leaving the start block. I was really on, I really had it, feeling good, feeling powerful, and had good speed. For me it's always the hardest phase with 5-3 kilometers to go, and there I was just getting back into the rhythm and then came the nasty right corner. It's hard to tell what happened. When you're racing on the edge it can be such a tiny thing and you're over the limit and I think that's what happened. My back wheel slipped, I crashed into the barriers and yeah, that's life!"
"I just rode but in your head you know already that you've lost and it's kind of hard to go to the finish. I think I had it today and you don't get many chances to win at the Giro d'Italia but I take a lot of good things from it too. It was the first time since my illness that I really felt good. It gives me a lot of confidence and we've still got 20 stages to go and I'm going to give it my all in every one."
“Silvan did a good ride but the plan was always all in for Stefan. At the time split he was right on Dumoulin’s heels and we’re still trying to figure out exactly how he crashed. He didn’t go into the corner any faster than anyone else, so we’ll try and figure out if it was a mechanical problem or an error. Stefan was prepared for the corner, he knew it was a right hand turn and a very narrow exit. We did what we could to get him back out there and when you look at the full results, he still managed to put in a respectable time. It’s disappointing for Stefan and for the team. But that’s cycling.”
“Once we’ve gotten over today we can look towards the next stages and see what we can do.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 1 (ITT) Apeldoorn – Apeldoorn
Top 3: Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin), Primoz Roglic (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), Andrey Amador (Movistar Team)
BMC Racing Team Results
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