Wyss Wins Swiss Road Title28. June 2015, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Danilo Wyss captured the BMC Racing Team's second national title of the week by winning the Swiss road race Sunday in Steinmaur.
Wyss powered his BMC teammachine SLR01 past Sébastien Reichenbach (IAM Cycling) to win his first race since 2009. Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling) finished third in the 192-kilometer race.
"I tried to attack Michael Albasini (ORICA-GreenEDGE) with two kilometers to go because I knew he was really fast and really good on this type of finish," Wyss said. "It was a tricky finish because the last kilometer was a bit downhill and then there were two 90-degree turns. I knew I had to take one of the last turns in the front. I took all the risks and sprinted before the turn. Albasini did the same and we entered too fast and he crashed."
Wyss's title added to the Swiss national time trial title won by teammate Silvan Dillier on Wednesday. Dillier finished fourth in Sunday's race, 19 seconds back.
BMC Racing Team Sport Director Fabio Baldato said hard work done by five riders from the BMC Development Team was instrumental in helping Wyss take the win. They combined to bring back a dangerous breakaway that included defending Swiss national road champion Martin Elmiger (IAM Cycling).
"We had two teams here, but they really raced like one today," Baldato said. "All of the guys from the Development Team were working to give everything for the other guys. It was very impressive. Michael Schär completed the job in the last 30 kilometers and we brought back the breakaway 10 kilometers from the finish."
Wyss's victory was the third of his professional career that began in 2008 and has been spent entirely with the BMC Racing Team. His last win came in June of 2009, when he took the opening stage of the Tour de Beauce in Canada.
Two other BMC Racing Team riders medaled in national road race competition Sunday.
In Germany, Marcus Burghardt finished third behind Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Argon 18) and Nikias Arndt (Team Giant-Alpecin). It was a season-best result for Burghardt and his first medal in nationals competition since turning professional in 2005.
In Belgium, Greg Van Avermaet soloed to third place as Preben Van Hecke (Topsport Vlaanderen) won a two-up sprint against Jürgen Roelandts (Lotto Soudal). It was also Van Avermaet's first career medal in professional nationals competition.
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