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Extreme Conditions Dominate Clasica de Almeria

14. February 2016, Almeria (ESP) — Road Team

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The Clasica de Almeria was affected by strong winds today forcing organizers to cancel the race and restart as a 5-lap criterium in Almeria.

“The extreme weather conditions had been forecast prior to the race, however in respect to the organizers we made the decision to start. At the 30 kilometer mark the riders passed through a section we predicted to be particularly bad and it was not safe for the race to continue.” BMC Racing Team Sport Director Jackson Stewart said.

“As the race was set to finish with two laps of a 3.5 kilometer circuit, the race organizers announced that a five lap criterium on this course would take place in lieu of the original race. All of the riders were motivated to race but due to the extreme weather conditions and safety concerns we were unable to obtain a result.”

“The safety of riders comes before anything and the race situation today is a good example of the need to enforce better weather protocols at races.”

BMC Racing Team will line up next in Spain at the Ruta Ciclista del Sol from February 17-21.

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