BMC Racing Team #2016Flashback - March8. November 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team delivered four wins in March and there were plenty of memorable moments when the weather turned the racing action upside down.
Neo pro Tom Bohli delivered his first win as a professional rider by winning the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen 7km time trial, to continue BMC Racing Team’s focus on time trial wins. Not only did Bohli show that he can race against the clock, but he clocked the fastest time ever recorded in the history of the race and held the leader’s yellow jersey until the final day.
Richie Porte lined up at his second UCI WorldTour race and scored his second UCI WorldTour podium after finishing in second place at Paris-Nice. Porte put in some solid time trialing and climbing which would continue throughout the season. It wasn’t all serious business with a massive snowstorm forcing race organizers to cancel stage 3 mid-race, which gave Marcus Burghardt the opportunity to engage in a snow ball fight. Talk about making the most of a bad situation…
In Italy BMC Racing Team took on the responsibility of being UCI World Team Time Trial champions when they smashed the Team Time Trial on the first day or racing at Tirreno-Adriatico and put Daniel Oss in the leader’s blue jersey. Snow forced the cancellation of Paris-Nice stage 3 and it did the same at Tirreno-Adriatico stage 5 which eliminated the biggest climb of the race, which would have ultimately decided the General Classification. With the field wide open Greg Van Avermaet showed his strength by winning stage 6 and taking the race lead into the final time trial. Against all odds Van Avermaet did enough to secure the overall win by one second. It may be the only time in Van Avermaet’s career when he will win Tirreno-Adriatico but that trident could well be the coolest trophy he’ll have.
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was the first race of the 2016 season where co-leaders Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen would race together and the result was positive. Porte was third on the queen stage, and van Garderen fifth, which saw them claim fourth and fifth respectively on the General Classification.
Neo pro Loïc Vliegen secured his first jersey as a professional cyclist when he claimed the King of the Mountain jersey at the three-day Driedaagse de Panne-Koksijde, a race which saw Tom Bohli narrowly miss his second time trial victory of the season.