Giro d’Italia Stage 21 – Reaching the Finish Line in Torino29. May 2016, Torino (ITA) — Road Team
That’s a wrap on the 2016 Giro d’Italia! From Apeldoorn, The Netherlands to Torino, Italy, it’s been an action-packed three weeks of racing.
So how did the Giro d’Italia pan out for BMC Racing Team?
Darwin Atapuma finished in ninth place on the General Classification, his first top ten result in a Grand Tour.
It was rare that Daniel Oss wasn’t in the breakaway which was rewarded with winning the Breakaway and Intermediate Sprint Classifications.
Rick Zabel finished in the top ten on a stage four times, including his seventh place on Stage 21 in Torino.
Throughout the three weeks of racing, every rider was determined to win a stage, Sports Director Max Sciandri said.
“It’s been an eventful Giro d’Italia that’s for sure. We came in with a real mixed group of riders and without a clear General Classification rider, so our main priority was stage wins. Although we didn’t manage to get one in the end, we raced aggressively everyday, always with someone in the breakaway looking for an opportunity to take it to the finish line. Darwin really stepped up as a climber and showed that he had the legs on every mountain stage. He deserved to get a stage win and can be really proud of the way he raced. We would have liked to take all nine riders to Torino, so it is unfortunate that Silvan Dillier crashed out on Stage 3. All of the guys should be really happy to make it to Torino. It wasn’t an easy Giro d’Italia, it never is, but we did our best.”
On the Finish Line in Torino
How would you sum up your Giro d’Italia?
“I’m really, really happy with my first top ten result on GC, my best result in a Grand Tour. I wish I had been able to win a stage but I tried my best.”
Alessandro De Marchi
“Disappointing. I’m happy to have finished the Giro d’Italia but I was expecting something more and I didn’t get there. But one week ago I didn’t know if I would make the finish and now here I am in Torino.”
“Up and down. Both literally (from the flat terrain to the mountains) and in terms of results.”
“I tried to race as aggressively as possible every day and I’m happy to be on the podium for the breakaway and intermediate sprint classifications.”
“Hard! We fought everyday to get a stage win and although we didn’t in the end, we have Darwin in top ten on GC. We have it everything and I’m happy to be at the finish line.”
“If I compare the Giro d’Italia to the Vuelta a Espana last year, my first Grand Tour, then this one definitely gives me a lot more confidence that I can not only finish a three-week race, but race my bike hard every day.”
“Tired but happy to make it to Torino. I think the first sixteen days were good but after that was tough. It’s all about experience, about how to recover well, and a Grand Tour is the perfect way to learn how to do that.”
“I’m happy with my four top ten stage finishes and I’m happy to make it to Torino.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 21 Cuneo to Torino (163km)
Top 3: Nikias Arndt (Team Giant-Alpecin), Matteo Trentin (Etixx-Quick-Step), Sacha Modolo (Lmapre-Merida)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 7. Rick Zabel, 40. Stefan Kueng, 41. Joey Rosskopf
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