Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc Stage 5: A Short but Sharp Day of Climbing18. June 2017, Moûtiers (FRA) — Development Team
Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc drew to a close today with another testing day in the mountains for BMC Development Team.
At 94km long, and with four categorised climbs for the riders to contend with, stage 5 was fast a furious.
There were a number of different attacks but the peloton were keen not to let anything go clear and all attempts were neutralized.
On the day’s first climb, the peloton exploded into multiple groups and Marc Hirschi managed to remain tucked safe inside the first peloton. A selection of GC favourites went clear from within the first group, with Hirschi initially able to follow.
On the approach to the last climb, the race split further with a core group of General Classification riders going on to battle for the stage win. Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) took the honors ahead of Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto-Soudal U23) and eventually overall race winner, Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia).
After crashing on stage one and a couple of tough days in the Mountains, Steff Cras was forced to stop racing during stage 5.
Race Reaction from the Team Car with DS Jens Blatter:
"Before the stage, everything was looking good and we were positive we could put Steff Cras into a good position but, unfortunately, he was forced to abandon the race as a result of his crash on day one. After working hard for the team all week, Marc Hirschi was still able to ride with the main GC guys for most of day but was eventually dropped on the final climb. I think everyone is a little disappointed with the results this week but that’s sport. Everyone gave it there all and I don’t think we can ask much more of them.”
Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc
Stage 5: Moûtiers > Moûtiers, 94.1km
Top 3: 1. Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) 2. Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto-Soudal U23) 3. Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Androni-Sidermec-Bottecchia)