BMC Racing Team #2016Flashback - FEBRUARY5. November 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
After a successful first month of racing in January it was time to leave Australia and head to the Middle East for the Dubai Tour, Tour of Qatar and Tour of Oman.
With the Dubai Tour traditionally a sprinters’ race it was a common sight to see a BMC Racing Team rider in the day’s breakaway on stages 1 and 2, before Silvan Dillier climbed to third place on the Hatta Dam climb on stage 3 to eventually finish fourth on the General Classification, and Philippe Gilbert in sixth place.
Greg Van Avermaet started his season with the Tour of Qatar and although a victory eluded him, it was the perfect warm up for the European season. Van Avermaet was in the top ten on every stage which secured him third place overall and his first of many podiums for the season. Manuel Quinziato put his time trialing legs to test and took third place on the windy stage 3 course. Van Avermaet would go on to continue his run of top ten stage finishes at the Tour of Oman.
On the other side of the world the European racing season got underway for BMC Racing Team with a victory for Philippe Gilbert at the one-day Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia with Gilbert saying “it was really a win for the whole team” on the finish line. The victories continued in Spain when Tejay van Garderen scored his first for the season in the individual time trial at Ruta del Sol on stage 4, before going on to claim second place overall.
Greg Van Avermaet delivered a message to those who thought he was destined not to stand on the top step of the podium by taking the win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in a one on one battle with Peter Sagan to the line. Van Avermaet took his first win of the season on home soil and set the stage for what would be a stellar season for the Belgian superstar.