Competitive Start to Giro Valle d’Aosta for BMC Development Team12. July 2017, Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce (FRA) — Development Team
BMC Development Team got off to a strong start today at Giro Valle d’Aosta with Pavel Sivakov posting the second-fastest time to step onto the podium and Steff Cras finishing fourth.
The opening day of racing saw the riders pushed to their limits as they raced against the clock over a gruelling 8km uphill course from Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc to Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce.
Sivakov was the final rider to start his effort, and out on the course, he was chasing the benchmark set by Matteo Fabbro (Cycling Team Friuli) of 16’38”.
The Russian rider looked strong as he put his climbing legs to the test for the first time since taking overall victory at Giro d’Italia U23 and eventually, he crossed the line in 16’47” to secure second place.
Cras also settled into a solid rhythm quickly and dug deep in the closing kilometers before setting the fourth-fastest time of the day (16’48”), less than one second off the podium.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was hard today. That type of effort is always hard because it is short and you have to go full gas right from the beginning. I was lucky that I was staying in the area over the past week so, I could do a recon of the course, and I knew how to manage my effort. I think I did that well and I am pretty happy to finish second. I didn't expect it.”
“We are now in a good position. The gaps aren't that big, and we don’t have to control the race tomorrow. With Steff Cras also doing a good job today and finishing fourth, I think we are in a really good place as we look ahead to the rest of the week.”
“It was 8km of pain. I prepared well coming into this race and for today’s stage. I was feeling good ahead of the time trial, and I have worked hard on my time trialling skills this year. I had power in my legs and right from the beginning it was going really well, so I kept pushing the watts. I am a little disappointed to miss out on the podium by such a small margin, but it is a good start. We have two riders in a great position overall so I think we can be positive as we look ahead to the rest of the race.”
Giro Valle d’Aosta
Prologue: Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc > Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce, 8km
Top 3: 1. Matteo Fabbro (Cycling Team Friuli) 2. Pavel Sivakov (BMC Development Team) 3. Victor Langellotti (U.C. Monaco)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 2. Pavel Sivakov 4. Steff Cras 27. Marc Hirschi