2018 Tour de France Draws to a Close With Bunch Sprint in Paris29. July 2018, Paris (FRA) — Road Team
The 2018 Tour de France wrapped up with the traditional ride into Paris, culminating with eight laps of the iconic Champs-Élysées which came down to a sprint won by Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates).
After losing team leader Richie Porte to a crash on stage 9 of the race and Patrick Bevin to illness on stage 14, BMC Racing Team's remaining six riders crossed the line in Paris to add another Tour de France participation to their respective cycling careers.
BMC Racing Team finished this year’s edition of the race with a stage win courtesy of an impressive team time trial performance on stage 3 which subsequently saw Greg Van Avermaet move into the yellow jersey.
Solid teamwork, as well as an impressive ride in the breakaway from Van Avermaet on stage 10, saw the Belgian rider hold onto the yellow jersey for eight days before conceding it to Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) on the first summit finish of the race.
Damiano Caruso was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider on the General Classification, finishing 20th behind Thomas.
After crossing the finish line in Paris, here's what they had to say about the past three weeks of racing.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
“I think at the end of three weeks, I can say that my experience was positive. I had three chances to play my own cards and while I missed the victory, it was a good Tour de France for me. I think the best moment of this race for me was the team time trial. It was a really special day.”
“As in all edition’s of the Tour de France, it’s been a rollercoaster. There are obviously certain high points that we can looked back on namely the stage 3 team time trial victory and Greg’s stint in the yellow jersey. Then, we also have had some low points with losing Richie just before the halfway point. That was a huge blow but all in all, I think we can look back pretty fondly on this Tour.”
“I’ve come out of the Tour de France a bit better than last year in general. It’s obviously always a really hard race and I’m happy to be here in Paris. We had a nice success with a stage win in the team time trial and the yellow jersey for eight days with Greg, so that was good. Then we obviously lost Richie but I think we can be happy with this amazing experience.”
“It was a great Tour de France for all of us. It was sad to lose Richie and Paddy and it’s a pity that we don’t all arrive in Paris together. But, we had a good Tour. We had a great team time trial and showed what we can do as a group. For me, I enjoyed my day in the breakaway and trying something on the flat stage. It was good and winning the Most Combative Rider on that stage and going on the podium was something cool too.”
Greg Van Avermaet:
“The goal was to win the team time trial and that’s what we did. Getting yellow was a nice gift from this and to keep it was long as possible was great. Overall, it was a nice Tour de France. I had some nice results but of course, coming second in Roubaix was a bit disappointing but I’m happy with how the race went. It was a really nice experience.”
Tejay van Garderen:
“This Tour de France had its up and downs. Winning the team time trial was certainly the highlight and it put Greg in yellow. We had some aggressive showings but it would have been nice to get another stage win and obviously losing Richie was a big blow to the team. But, I think we can look back on the last three weeks and be happy with what we did.”
Sports Director, Fabio Baldato:
“We can take a lot of good memories home from this Tour de France specifically the team time trial victory, having the yellow jersey for eight days and a good team spirit. We have had fun over the last three weeks and we have enjoyed working with each other. Of course, we can’t forget that we unfortunately lost our leader, Richie. I think he was ready to be on the podium just like the team was and that’s the only thing that I am disappointed about during this Tour.”
“After that though, we had a good direction and a good morale and we tried to be in a lot of breakaways and to go for another stage win. It didn’t happen but overall, I think we have had a great three weeks.”
BMC Racing Team was also in action in London today at the Prudential RideLondon Classic with Jempy Drucker sprinting to seventh at the UCI WorldTour one-day race.
A six-rider breakaway went away early into the 183km course which featured five categorized climbs and it was the sprinters’ teams that took control of the pacemaking at the front of the main bunch for the majority of the stage.
Heading into the second half of the race, the gap had fallen to less than one minute and despite riders bridging across, the race ultimately came down to a bunch sprint which was won by Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe).
Jempy Drucker, who is a previous winner of the Prudential RideLondon Classic, once again showed that he can be up there with the fastest guys in the peloton as he sprinted to seventh on the line, his third top ten finish at the race.
Tour de France
Stage 21: Houilles > Paris, Champs-Élysées, 116km
Top 3: 1. Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) 2. John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) 3. Arnaud Démare (Groupama - FDJ)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 22. Damaino Caruso 37. Stefan Küng 48. Greg Van Avermaet
Top 3 on GC: 1. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) 2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) 3. Chris Froome (Team Sky)
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 20. Damiano Caruso 28. Greg Van Avermaet 32. Tejay van Garderen
Prudential RideLondon Classic
One-day race: London > London, 183km
Top 3: 1. Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) 2. Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors) 3. Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segfredo)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 7. Jempy Drucker 19. Nathan Van Hooydonck 22. Jurgen Roelandts