BMC Racing Team Take Second on Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 3 Team Time Trial6. June 2018, Louhans-Châtaeurenaud (FRA) — Road Team
Stage 3 of this year's Critérium du Dauphiné saw teams racing against the clock with BMC Racing Team putting in a strong performance out on the 35km course to finish second and secure three spots in the top ten on the General Classification going into the last four days of racing.
BMC Racing Team was one of the last to roll down the ramp and as they settled into a seamless rhythm, which is now almost synonymous with the team, they were looking to better 38'06", the benchmark set by Team LottoNL-Jumbo.
Fastest at both the first and second intermediate checkpoints, BMC Racing Team dug deep heading into the closing section of the course, and following an excellent show of strength and teamwork, the first four riders stopped the clock at 37'10".
With just three teams left to finish, it was a short but nervous wait in the hot seat for the team and in the end, only Team Sky, the penultimate team to finish, could better the time set by BMC Racing Team and push them into second.
The results of the stage saw a reshuffle of the General Classification with Brent Bookwalter, Damiano Caruso, and Joey Rosskopf sitting fifth, sixth and seventh respectively behind Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), who regained the leader's yellow jersey, heading into stage 4 and the first summit finish of the race.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
"I think we did well today and we should be proud of our effort. We rode solidly over the whole course. We were consistent, smooth and really strong but to pull off the win we would have needed an exceptional and unique ride."
"It was a super fast course and we rode it this morning but it's always totally different at race speed. There weren't a lot of speed variations and not a lot of corners. I think we did a really good job staying together and relying on each other and working together."
"The next four stages are daunting for sure. I'm unproven in the mountains back to back like this, so I don't have any delusions about pulling off something miraculous but I think that being said we are still here in a unique position without a favourite or a superstar rider if you will and we can have fun racing and try our best each day."
"I think it was a perfect day. Of course, we missed the victory but we are at the Dauphiné and the level is really high. The guys did an amazing job as well as all the staff to help us be as prepared as possible. We did a good ride and now the real race starts tomorrow. The next four days are completely different to the first half of the race but we are in a good position at the moment so I think everything is going okay so far."
Sports Director, Maximilian Sciandri:
"We came into today quietly and we are taking the race day by day. I would have been really happy with a top three result and we actually did a fantastic ride and finished better than that. I think the guys did the best they could. It was executed to perfection and we got the best out of each individual rider. Of course we like to win, everybody does, but that's how it goes. I don't think we can be disappointed."
"From here, we need to go back and reassess ahead of the next four stages. We are still going to have a day by day approach to the race. Every stage from now on is really hard with around 3000m of climbing every day."
Critérium du Dauphiné
Stage 3 / TTT: Pont-de-Vaux > Louhans-Châtaeurenaud, 35km
Top 3: 1. Team Sky 2. BMC Racing Team 3. Lotto-Soudal