BMC Racing Team Prove Time Trial Prowess22. June 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Six of BMC Racing Team’s riders were in action at the respective Belgian, Irish and Swiss National Time Trial Championships today, resulting in a gold, silver and bronze medal to add to BMC Racing Team’s growing tally. Catch up on the news below.
Stefan Küng Claims Swiss Time Trial Championship
22 June, 2017, Lüterkofen – Ichertswil (BEL)
Stefan Küng put in a commanding performance at the Swiss National Time Trial Championships to take the win over teammate Silvan Dillier.
Küng set a blistering pace on the 38.6km course and with 15km remaining, his advantage was sitting at two minutes, before he eventually crossed the line with 48’34”, 57 seconds faster than Dillier.
Having been named in BMC Racing Team’s Tour de France roster, Küng will roll out for the opening time trial in Dusseldorf next Saturday as the Swiss National Time Trial champion hoping to swap his red and white skinsuit for the yellow jersey.
The Winner’s Interview with Stefan Küng
Congratulations, Stefan! How does it feel to be Swiss champion?
“I was feeling good. I was pretty confident in my form. The parcours was really nice and I enjoyed it a lot. I went out quite fast and had a big gap to the other guys so I just kept going. I overtook a lot of guys and especially at the end, I didn’t take a lot of risks. I backed off a little bit in the descents. In the end, I just had to bring it home. It will feel really nice to wear the jersey in Dusseldorf at the Tour de France.”
What did you like about the parcours?
“It had a rolling start and then a 2km climb and then it was slightly down in the valley. It was a real time trial and we had to do the laps twice. Hats off to the race organization for creating such a nice course. It makes me happy to win here and it gives me a lot of confidence ahead of the Tour de France.”
You’re lining up at your first Tour de France. How excited are you?
“At the moment I’m taking it day by day. For sure, I’m excited but I cannot imagine now what it will be like. I’ve spoken to the other guys and they have told me it will be crazy. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was only a one-hour effort so it wasn’t that bad compared to the Tourmalet stage at Route du Sud last week. The parcours was nice. We had some really good rides. It was an interesting course with some up and down and corners, but nothing too dangerous or nothing too tricky. Still, you had to push hard the whole way. I felt good and I was fresh enough after Route du Sud coming into the championships.”
Swiss National Time Trial Championships
Lüterkofen – Ichertswil > Lüterkofen – Ichertswil (38.6km)
Top 3: 1. Stefan Küng (BMC Racing Team), 2. Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing Team), 3. Thery Schir (Team Voralberg).
Roche Claims Silver Medal at Irish National Time Trial Championships
22 June, 2017, Wexford (IRL)
Nicolas Roche took to the podium at the Irish National Time Trial Championships for the second consecutive year after claiming the silver medal behind winner Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team).
As defending champion, Roche rolled out as the last rider on the 34km course and was chasing Mullen’s best time as he raced against the clock.
Roche finished 15 seconds behind Mullen in his third appearance at the Irish National Time Trial Championships.
As the current Irish Road Race Champion, Roche will be back in action on Sunday where he will look to defend his title.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was actually a pretty similar course to last year’s time trial. Basically 15km one way, a couple of kilometers through a town and 15km back the other way. It was mostly rolling terrain as it’s never dead flat in Ireland. I did one of my best time trials today. Ryan Mullen was just incredible strong. He’s shown over the last couple of years that he is definitely one of the best time trialists so he was always going to be tough to beat. So, I did my best time trial possible today and just came up short. I can take a lot of confidence from my performance and my shape going into the Tour de France next week. The road race on Sunday isn’t the best course for me because it’s pretty flat but we’ll see how things go.”
Irish National Road Race Championships
Top 3: 1. Ryan Mullen (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team), 2. Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team), 3. Marcus Christie.
Hermans Time Trials to Third Place at Belgian National Championships
22 June, 2017, Chimay (BEL)
After setting off in the second-to-last wave of riders, Ben Hermans sat on the hot seat at the Belgian National Time Trial Championships with the fastest provisional time of 47’14”.
As the final eight riders set off, only two riders were able to better Hermans’ time and eventually the Belgian finished in third place on the podium for the second consecutive year.
Hermans stopped the clock on the 37.8km course 31 seconds behind eventual winner Yves Lamaert (Quickstep-Floors) and 14 seconds behind Victor Campenaerts (Team LottoNL Jumbo).
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a different course to last year. It was more up and down and less technical. I started in the third series, not with the favorites and then the temperature was a lot lower for the last eight riders and maybe the wind was more, maybe it was less. I lost by half a minute or so but with a little bit more or less wind, half a minute is not much. My power was really good. It was warm and I love the conditions. I think I am in good condition but now I have some rest. I still have the road race on Sunday but it’s not my goal race as it’s not a great parcours for me. This was a goal race. To end up third is a good result but I’ve been on the podium now four times and then you want to win. It’s disappointing but I can also be happy with the performance.”
Belgian National Time Trial Championships
Chimay > Chimay (37.8km)
Top 3: Yves Lampaert (Quickstep Floors), 2. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto NLJumbo(, 3. Ben Hermans (BMC Racing Team).