Dillier finishes 4th, Gilbert 6th in the General Classification6. February 2016, Dubai, U.A.E — Road Team
BMC Racing Team finished with two riders in the top ten on the General Classification in the third edition of the Dubai Tour.
It was a fast and furious final stage of 137 kilometers in Dubai’s CBD won by Marcel Kittel in a sprint finish, which secured him the overall victory.
Silvan Dillier finished fourth in the General Classification, 16 seconds behind Kittel, with Philippe Gilbert 25 seconds back in sixth place.
For Dillier, his fourth place was a sign of things to come for the 2016 season.
“It’s my first time racing in Dubai and my first race this year, so it’s a good result. The shape is good and we did some good team work together throughout the race. I took it day by day to see how my shape was. I go back to the track now for the Track World Championships and then I’ll be at Pais Vasco with the team, so I’m looking forward to the rest of the season."
It is the second consecutive top ten finish for Gilbert, having finished 10th in 2015.
“It’s not a bad result. Our start wasn’t so good, losing five seconds on day one. But in the end we were improving as a team, working together more. It’s a really young team and we still have to learn how to race together, but it was a good week. I think we’ve done a lot as a team.
"I think it’s always better racing in Europe for me as it’s more technical. Here is pretty much a sprint everyday and it’s more controlled. It’s not easy to make a difference in this kind of race, but the next races for me in Spain will be more technical, and that’s what I like."
BMC Racing Team Sports Director Max Sciandri said it was a race of mixed results for the team.
“We came here for the GC. Stage 3 was an important one and unfortunately Gilbert fell a bit short and Dillier wasn’t in the best position. When you see that the top three in the GC are sprinters, I think we can be happy with two riders in the top ten considering we didn’t come to the race with a pure sprinter,” Sciandri said.
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