BMC Racing Team #2016Flashback - MAY14. November 2016, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Racing in May got underway at the first Grand Tour of the season, the Giro d’Italia.
The Netherlands played host to the first three stages and with a time trial scheduled for the opening stage, BMC Racing Team was backing Stefan Küng for the win. Küng had a flying start, going through the first check point just one second off the lead, before he crashed on a corner and lost too much time to challenge for the win and the first maglia rosa of the Giro d’Italia.
BMC Racing Team lost Silvan Dillier to a crash on stage 3, and without a main GC rider the focus was on racing aggressively on every stage. Rick Zabel recorded a string of top ten finishes on the sprint stages, all of the remaining eight riders tried their luck in breakaways, but the most heart-warming of performances came from Darwin Atapuma who came heartbreakingly close to winning a stage on three occasions, before going on to finish ninth on GC. Daniel Oss had his moment on the podium at the final stage in Torino when he was crowned the rider who spent the most time in the breakaway throughout the Giro d’Italia.
On the other side of the world BMC Racing Team was on home soil at the Tour of California, where Greg Van Avermaet made his return to racing. A solid team backed Rohan Dennis and Brent Bookwalter for the GC and Jempy Drucker and Van Avermaet for the sprint stages. Van Avermaet sprinted to second place on stage 4 to signal his return to form, and Rohan Dennis scored another time trial win for the season on stage 6. Dennis and Bookwalter’s consistency was rewarded with second and third respectively on GC.
Taylor Phinney ensured that the month of May would end well by powering to win the US National Time Trial championships for the second time in his career, and finally wear the Stars and Stripes jersey after his 2014 crash prevented him from racing in his champion’s kit.