Bunch Sprint in Switzerland at GP du Canton d’Argovie8. June 2017, Leuggern (SUI) — Road Team
GP du Canton d’Argovie came down to a predicted uphill sprint today with victory going to Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) and Silvan Dillier crossing the line as BMC Racing Team’s top-placed rider at his home race.
As the race headed onto the third of ten undulating laps around Leuggern, a group of four riders had extended a lead of more than 4’30” over the rest of the field.
The peloton was quick to regain control of the race, bringing the gap down to 3’40” as the riders began lap five with 113km, of the 188.7km course, still to go.
From there, the breakaway’s advantage continued to fall and, eventually, they were sitting less than 30 seconds in front of the main bunch with two laps remaining.
With the race quickly back together, BMC Racing Team moved up to the front of the bunch and began to set a relentless pace. One by one, riders started to drop off the back before a select group was left to battle for the top step of the podium over the final 18.9km lap.
Despite attack after attack on the final climb, and BMC Racing Team continuing to set the tempo, the bunch was back together once again with 4km to go and the bunch sprint looked inevitable.
A short but sharp final kick up to the line awaited the riders, and after a chaotic uphill sprint, it was Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) who crested the top first to take the win ahead of John Degenkolb (Trek - Segafredo) and Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team).
Dillier was BMC Racing Team’s first rider across the line, finishing in 29th position after a day of racing on home soil.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a nice race today. We knew that there were some good sprinters here with teams who could make good leadouts so, we needed to try and eliminate the possibility of the bunch sprint. We caught the breakaway quite early and then took the race into our hands. We tried to make it as hard as possible, but at the end, the sprinters’ team had the better card to play and they were able to control it.”
“For me, this is a really important and special race. I know so many people and a lot of them come here to cheer for the team and me, and I am always happy to come back.”
GP du Canton d’Argovie
One-day race: Leuggern > Leuggern, 118.7km
Top 3: 1. Sacha Modolo (UAE Team Emirates) 2. John Degenkolb (Trek - Segafredo) 3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 29. Silvan Dillier 51. Manuel Senni 52. Damiano Caruso