Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 1: Wyss Earns Mountains Jersey12. March 2015 — Road Team
BMC Racing Team's Danilo Wyss donned the King of the Mountains jersey Thursday at Tirreno-Adriatico after figuring in an early seven-man breakaway. (©Tim De Waele/TDWsport)
Wyss earned the green jersey by being first to the top of the first climb and runner-up on the second and sprinting to a better finish than challenger Carlos Quintero (Colombia).
"The climbs were not so hard," Wyss said. "It was a few hard kilometers at the beginning of the stage - two times on the same climb. It was more of a sprint than a real mountain, I would say. I had to fight with Quintero, but I got it."
The stage ended in a bunch won by Belgian national road champion Jens Debusschere (Lotto Soudal) while Adriano Malori (Movistar Team) held onto the overall lead he earned by winning Wednesday's Stage 1 individual time trial.
BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet and Daniel Oss stayed in the top 10, but each slipped one place - to fourth and seventh, respectively.
Wyss said this is the first time he has earned a mountains classification jersey in a professional career which started in 2008. He has been with the BMC Racing Team the entire time.
"It is a WorldTour race, so there is a good level here," Wyss said. "It is nice to have a jersey and go on the podium."
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