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Testing Double Day of Racing in the Mountains on Day Three in France

17. June 2017, Valmeinier (FRA) — Development Team

Steff Cras continues to make improvements after his crash on stage 1. © Michael Zanghellini

BMC Development Team were back in action at Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc today with a double day of racing testing the peloton.

It was a nervous and a very fast start to the Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc stage 3 with the race climbing up to Megeve from KM 0. The attacks started almost immediately and the pace of the race saw around 40 riders dropped after only 10km of racing.

After a flurry of attacks, nine riders eventually formed the day’s breakaway and over the course of the day, they built up advantage which was sitting at six minutes with 20km, and the final climb to La Porte, to go.

This was ultimately enough to hold off the main bunch behind with Kévin De Jonghe (Cibel-Cebon) taking the stage win ahead of Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) and Stephan Rabitsch (Team Felbermayr-Simplon Wels), who moved into the leader’s yellow jersey.

Steff Cras was once again BMC Development Team’s best-placed rider, crossing the line 16th in the main chase group.

Attention then turned to the 11.9km time trial with riders putting their climbing legs to the test from Saint Martin d’Arc to Valmeinier.

The provisional best time changed throughout the course of the afternoon as the first riders began to roll off the ramp. In the end, Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) was the only rider to post a time of under 30 minutes, crossing the line in 29’48” to take the stage win.

Quotes From the Race Car with DS Jens Blatter:

Today was a long day with a 126km road stage and then a tough uphill time trial. It was a really fast start to the stage so it was good to see Steff Cras and Marc Hirschi finish in first ten positions of the group behind the winner. Hirschi was once again playing a fantastic support role for Cras who finished 16th. The time trial didn't go as we had hoped and we lost some time but all this means is that we need to refocus and look at other goals for tomorrow's queen stage. Everyone is giving their best others have been a step up. We remain positive forward and we will give it our all tomorrow.""

Race profile

Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc

Stage 3: Magland > Saint Michel de Maurienne, 126km

Top 3: 1. Kévin De Jonghe (Cibel-Cebon) 2. Romain Hardy (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) 3. Stephan Rabitsch (Team Felbermayr-Simplon Wels)

BMC Development Team Top 3: 16. Steff Cras 26. Marc Hirschi 66. Reto Müller

Stage 4 / ITT: Saint Martin d’Arc > Valmeinier, 11.9km

Top 3: 1. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia) 2. Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto - Soudal U23) 3. Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto - Soudal U23) 

BMC Development Team Top 3: 22. Steff Cras 73. Reto Müller 86. Marc Hirschi

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