BMC Racing Team Claim the Silver Medal in Doha9. October 2016, Doha (QAT) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team’s six riders fought hard throughout the 40km Team Time Trial at the UCI Road World Championships to claim the silver medal and stand on the podium for the fourth time in the team’s history.
As defending champions, having won in Ponferrada in 2014 and Richmond in 2015, BMC Racing Team was the last of 17 teams to roll down the start ramp with 40km of heat, wind and desert ahead.
The battle for the gold medal played out between BMC Racing Team and eventual winners Etixx-QuickStep, with the two teams on the same time at the second check point, well in front of their competitors.
It was in the final few kilometers of the race that Etixx-QuickStep proved to be too strong on the day and they crossed the line 12 seconds in front of BMC Racing Team.
Orica-BikeExchange rounded out the podium in third place.
Quotes of the Day
Rohan Dennis: “We did everything we could leading up to it and you can’t win them all. I think we rode just as well as last year but Etixx-QuickStep were just better on the day so hats off to them. The first 30km felt ok but it was the last 10km that really hurt, especially with the change of pace with the corners. Obviously the heat played a part, I think that was the main factor, and it was quite smooth until we came into The Pearl. Of course it makes us hungrier for next year but a year is a long time and I’ve got the individual time trial on Wednesday to focus on.”
Stefan Küng: “I came from a long way down with my injuries but the team always had a lot of confidence in me and that really helped me. I’ve always had Doha in my head, especially the team time trial. I was training for it really hard, we all were, and everyone gave their best. From the new bike we have, to the riders and the staff, everyone involved gave 100% percent to defend out title. In the end you don’t always get what you wish for and we can be happy that we did everything we could and next year is another chance.”
Manuel Quinziato: “Sport is like that. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Today the Etixx-QuickStep guys were stronger than us so we lost to a strong team. It’s going to be even more interesting next year in Norway now.”
Jackson Stewart, Sports Director: “The fact that we didn’t win is a huge disappointment. We came here to win and we had a lot of reason to win with a lot of product support and new announcements with the team. I think the guys really wanted to show appreciated for that with a third win in a row, and that would have made some history which we were looking to do. If we lost by a few seconds maybe, we would have been angrier or more disappointed and then you could say that it just wasn’t your day but today losing by 12 seconds means we need to go back and look at what we didn’t get right. We know it’s in us, we’ve done it two times before and we can still be happy with our efforts today.”
UCI Road World Championships – Team Time Trial
Doha > Doha (40km)
Top 3: 1. Etixx-QuickStep, 2. BMC Racing Team, 3. Orica-BikeExchange