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Tough Day of Double Racing in Savoie

18. June 2016, (FRA)/St Martin de la Porte (FRA) — Development Team

Taylor Eisenhart and Sam Dobbs warm up on their Elite trainers ahead of the today's time trial. © BMC

It was a tough day of double racing for BMC Development Team at Tour de Pays des Savoie as the squad lined up on two occasions today.

This morning’s 123 kilometer stage provided another showdown for the race’s General Classification contenders with Kilian Frankiny looking strong on the final climb up to Modane.

Frankiny finished in 12th place, behind stage winner Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortunéo - Vital Concept), and moved up into eighth on the General Classification.

Later in the day, it was time for riders to race against the clock. The tackled a short, very technical time trial through narrow streets and over sharp climbs from St Michel de Maurienne to St Martin de la Porte.

The time trial was won by Adrien Costa (Axeon Hagens Berman) with Taylor Eisenhart setting the fastest time for BMC Development Team and finishing just outside the top twenty.

Despite some late rain on the course, Frankiny was able to maintain his position on the General Classification as the race heads into it’s final stage tomorrow. He sits 1’22” behind race leader, Enric Mas (Klein Constantia)

Quotes of the Day

Sport Director Jens Blatter said: “The time trial was very tricky today with a big uphill section and a very technical downhill. The rain just started to fall for Kilian as he started his time trial and that mean he had to take it more carefully as the course was too dangerous to go full gas but he did well and was actually able to make some time up on the riders in sixth and seventh on the GC.”

“This morning’s stage was good for us also. After losing both Patrick and Pascal, we are down to only four riders so we are not able to control the race as much as we would like but the guys did a great job helping at the front to bring back the breakaway with 20 kilometres to go. Then Kilian was once again able to challenge the other GC contenders.”

“I think tomorrow’s stage will possible be the hardest of the who race! There are three long steep climbs and with the fatigue from the first four stages it is going to be hard but Kilian is still looking good we will definitely do our best to help him.” 

Kilian Frankiny said: “In the morning it was good. The start of the race was very fast and then when the breakaway went away it was calm for a little bit before another group of big riders went away and the peloton was working hard to catch them before the final climb. On that climb a group of riders were able to get away but as they weren’t in contention for the GC they were able to distance themselves. Then it was only me and a handful of other riders from the GC and so I won some seconds there.”

“The TT in the afternoon was hard. It started to rain when I rolled off the ramp but it was the same for all the GC riders and I just tried to give it my best. Right now, I am feeling a bit tired but I definitely feel like I am in good shape. After this morning’s stage, I have a lot of confidence that I am able to ride up there with some of the best in this field and that makes me positive for tomorrow and hopefully I can make up some more time and maybe move up again in the GC.”

Race Profile

Tour de Pays des Savoie (UCI 2.2)

Stage 3: Chambéry - Madone, 123km

Top 3: 1. Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortunéo - Vital Concept) 2. Ruben Guerreiro (Axeon Hagens Berman) 3. Jan Maas (Rabobank Development Team)

BMC Development Team Top 3:

12. Kilian Frankiny

40. Martin Schäppi

58. Taylor Eisenhart

Stage 4: St Michel de Maurienne - St Martin de la Porte, 7.2km ITT

Top 3: 1. Adrien Costa (Axeon Hagens Berman) 2. Ruben Guerreiro (Axeon Hagens Berman) 3. Enric Mas (Klein Constantia) 

BMC Development Team Top 3:

23. Taylor Eisenhart

38. Kilian Frankiny

40. Martin Schäppi

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