BMC Racing Team Claims Back to Back Silver at UCI World Championships17. September 2017, Bergen (NOR) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team claimed a second consecutive silver medal at the UCI Road World Championship Team Time Trial in Bergen, Norway, in a tough test against the clock that came down to a nail-biting fight to the line.
As the silver medallists in Doha in 2016, BMC Racing Team's six riders, Rohan Dennis, Silvan Dillier, Stefan Kung, Daniel Oss, Miles Scotson and Tejay van Garderen, were the second-to-last team to roll down the ramp in Ravnanger for the 42.5km hilly course, which was one of the toughest seen in recent years.
At the first intermediate checkpoint after 10.5km of rolling terrain, BMC Racing Team clocked the third-fastest time, 9.47 behind Team Sky, with the most difficult section still to come.
The tables had turned by the second intermediate checkpoint at the 31km mark which saw BMC Racing Team, former two-time team time trial world champions, post the fastest time of 36’22”.
With the last intermediate time check coming at 38.1km, BMC Racing Team continued to set the fastest time of 42’42” and with five riders still racing together, looked to be in a position to take a third world championship title.
With a nail-biting final four kilometers set to decide the gold medallists, BMC Racing Team was chasing the best provisional finish time of 47’50”, set by Team Sunweb, with just Quickstep-Floors still to finish behind.
The final section of the course proved decisive and with four riders left, BMC Racing Team crossed the line with the second-fastest time, 8’29” behind winners Team Sunweb, to claim a second consecutive silver medal and a fifth trip to the podium in six years.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“As we always do, we came here to win gold. It is sometimes a little disappointing to get silver but we’re still the second-best in the world here in Norway. Team Sunweb’s result is surprising but it also isn’t. They have been competitive in everything this year and they had a great team here today.”
“It was a really difficult time trial. In the end, we blew up a little bit. In a team time trial, you always have to go at the pace of the fourth or fifth guy, or even the sixth guy in the beginning, and I think we didn’t pay enough attention to this, so we had to ease off a little bit several times to stay together. If you have to do that you lose too much time which is why we finished second in the end. We went for the victory. We didn’t go for second place. If we would have gone for second place, we could have eased off but that’s why we were still pushing hard. If you keep pushing hard and some riders are more on the limit, you start losing guys but in the end we had to do this because as I said, we came here for the victory.”
Jackson Stewart, Sports Director:
"Of course, we're disappointed. We came here to win, and the guys gave it everything they could. It was a really great ride, and we can be happy with our effort and with what we did as a team today, but I think the only result we wanted was the win. We had a conservative pacing strategy, and everything was going according to plan. We had everyone together, and no one was really on the limit, and then we had a few hiccups over the final section. It was a technical course and it was hard to stay together on it. I think in the closing kilometers we maybe over-cooked the second to the last turn and we weren't too smooth over the cobbled section. We knew coming into today that the race would be won by the team who made the fewest mistakes. We did the best we could, and it was really just the final four kilometers that didn't go our way."
Marco Pinotti, Performance Coach:
"It was a challenging course, but we knew it well, and we had prepared well. I think as a team we really developed over the course of the race, and it was only after the last intermediate checkpoint that we lost time. We couldn't have gone one second faster. Of course, we came here to win so it is disappointing to miss out on the gold medal like this but the guys gave it everything, and in the end, it was Team Sunweb who was stronger and so they deserved the victory today."
UCI Road World Championships Team Time Trial
Ravnanger > Bergen (42.5km)
Top 3: 1. Team Sunweb, 2. BMC Racing Team, 3. Team Sky.