Two Top Ten Finishes on an Action-Packed Day of Racing9. June 2016, Belley (FRA) / Gippingen (SUI) — Road Team
It was an action-packed day of racing for BMC Racing Team, with Stage 4 of the Critérium du Dauphiné and the GP du canton d’Argovie.
Van Avermaet Sprints to 5th Place
Greg Van Avermaet sprinted to fifth place behind stage winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) in another hectic sprint finish at the Critérium du Dauphiné.
A three-rider breakaway formed at kilometer 0, following which the peloton was happy to enjoy a slow pace for the most part of the stage. Maxime Bouet (Etixx-Quick-Step) attacked from the breakaway and was the last rider to be caught with four kilometers to go.
Greg Van Avermaet was well-positioned in the final two kilometers and launched his sprint with 350 meters to go. He held his position in front, but was overtaken in the last 50 meters.
A crash in the final two kilometers split the peloton, with all but 21 riders finishing behind. Richie Porte was caught behind and conceded nine seconds to Chris Froome (Team SKY) so now sits in third on the General Classification, still six seconds behind Yellow Jersey-wearer Alberto Contador.
Quotes of the Day
Greg Van Avermaet:
“It was pretty hectic. The team did a good job to keep me in the front and then in the sprint I was a little bit alone but that’s normal. I was in a good position but maybe started my sprint a little bit too early at around 350 meters to go but I thought it was 250 meters. There was another corner and it was hard to keep it to the line. I hesitated a little bit and tried to go again and then the others came over me.”
“A finish like this suits me. Then it’s just about timing, coming out of the wheel of the rider in front. This is always hard because if you wait a little, maybe you’re too late, and if you go too early you can lose some positions.”
“The team worked well all day. It was frustrating to lose those seconds in the final after the crash caused the split. In the end these seconds might not make a difference. The real race is won in the mountains.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“Like every day the plan was to protect Richie and go for the stage win with Greg. The team did a good job of protecting Richie, and as it was Greg’s last chance to go for a stage win, we wanted to see how the stage played out. Greg did a good sprint but he just went a little early.”
“It was not easy with the wind at the beginning but this slowed down towards the finish. The crash created a bit of chaos at the finish and Richie was caught behind. The real race starts tomorrow in the mountains and it will be up to our climbers to protect Richie. Richie looks good and we’re looking forward to seeing how the next three stages go.”
Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT)
Stage 4 Tain’L’Heritage to Belley
Top 3: Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-Quick-Step), Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 5. Greg Van Avermaet, 12. Brent Bookwalter, 31. Richie Porte
Dillier Finishes 8th, Wyss Spends the Day in the Break
It was an expected sprint finish at the one-day GP du canton d’Argovie, which saw Silvan Dillier cross the line in eighth place behind Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo).
Danilo Wyss spent the day in a fourteen-rider breakaway who stayed away until the final lap of the ten lap course.
It was Dillier’s first race back following a crash at the Giro d’Italia which left him with a fractured finger.
Quotes of the Day
“There was quite a big breakaway early in the race and it was hard all day long. In the end the other teams brought them back and we had a late move in the last lap. But then it came down to the sprint finish. Actually I was feeling really good and quite comfortable. It was a good lead in race for Tour de Suisse.”
“It’s common on this kind of race for a big group to go so when I saw guys like Albasini moving, I jumped with them. It was a really hard and fast start so I think it was good to be in this break. I was hoping that we would go to the finish with a strong group but they caught up with 10km to go on the final climb.”
“It’s always extra motivation wearing the Swiss National Champion jersey. I was actually hoping for a remake of last year’s Swiss National Championship with Albasini but it didn’t happen. I think it was a good warm up for the Tour de Suisse. I was feeling good so I think I am ready for the next races.”
GP du canton d'Argovie (1.HC)
Gippingen – Gippingen (188.7km)
Top 3: Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo), Andrea Pasqualon (Team Roth), David Tanner (IAM Cycling)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 8. Silvan Dillier, 33. Michael Schaer, 43. Samuel Sanchez
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See photos from the race.