Two in the Top Five at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya27. March 2016, Barcelona (ESP) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team has capped off a successful Volta Ciclista a Catalunya with Richie Porte in fourth and Tejay van Garderen in fifth on the General Classification.
After a solid week of racing, BMC Racing Team has also taken out the team classification, finishing 1’08 ahead of Cannondale.
Richie Porte tied with Dan Martin (Etixx Quick Step) in third place, an equal 17 seconds behind race winner Nairo Quintana (Movistar) but was relegated from the podium on a count back of points.
Porte is happy with his week of racing despite not ending up on the podium.
“I think it was the perfect race at this time of the year. I didn’t really expect to hold onto the podium when Dan Martin was sprinting for bonus seconds but I think I showed that my form is good. It was always going to be a bridging race so I’m happy with my performance and it was a good chance to race with Tejay for the first time.”
Van Garderen agreed with Porte’s evaluation of the race.
“I had a lot of fun racing with Richie and I think we showed how aggressive we can be working together. I’m happy with my race and I think it can only get better from here. I now head to altitude camp and I’m looking forward to my next block of races after that,” van Garderen confirmed.
BMC Racing Team Sports Director Yvon Ledanois said the team had performed well throughout the race.
“We walk away happy. It would have been nice to be on the podium but in the end we have two riders in the top five on GC and we have won the team classification, so I think we showed our form and what we can do as a team.”
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