Gerts and Gilbert Move into Tour de Pologne Top Ten15. July 2016, Rzeszów (POL) — Road Team
It was another bunch sprint on stage 4 of the Tour de Pologne to cap off a long day of racing, during which Alessandro De Marchi spent the day in the breakaway.
De Marchi was pulled back with 15 kilometers to go, setting the stage for yet another sprint to the line. Fernando Gaviria (Etixx Quick-Step) took the win, whilst BMC Racing Team’s riders crossed the line in the peloton.
Heading into the decisive last three stages of the race, Floris Gerts and Philippe Gilbert have moved into eighth and ninth place on the General Classification respectively.
Quotes from the Sports Director’s Car with Max Sciandri:
“It was a pretty good stage for us. We had a few guys on the look out for the breakaway, mostly Alessandro De Marchi, Danilo Wyss and Floris Gerts. De Marchi did well to get into in and they stayed away for a large part of the racing until around 15 kilometers to the finish. He gave it a good try and continued to race aggressively.”
“We wanted to keep Ben Hermans and Philippe Gilbert safe going into stages 5 and 6 as this is where the race will be decided. We have really hard circuits with climbs coming up, which are really the classic stages of the Tour de Pologne and where the General Classification will be decided. With Floris and Philippe both now in the top ten on the General Classification we are in a good position and I think we can see some good results in the coming days.”
Tour de Pologne
Stage 4 Nowy Sacz › Rzeszów (218k)
Top 3: Fernando Gaviria (Etixx-Quick-Step), Luka Mezgec (ORICA-BikeExchange), Michael Kwiatkowski (Team SKY).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 23. Floris Gerts, 26. Loic Vliegen, 27. Philippe Gilbert
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 8. Floris Gerts, 9. Philippe Gilbert, 35. Loic Vliegen
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