Crash-Marred Tour de Romandie Stage 228. April 2016, Morgins (SUI) — Road Team
It was a crash-marred Tour de Romandie Stage 2 for BMC Racing Team which made for a tough day of racing on the first stage for the General Classification contenders.
Just after the feed zone with around 60 kilometers to go Tejay van Garderen, Tom Bohli, and Peter Velits crashed into a medical car which stopped suddenly during the race. Fortunately the three riders were able to continue racing.
Tejay van Garderen finished in 20th place, 1’01 behind stage winner and new race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team).
Quotes of the Day:
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“Today was the first of the big stages for the General Classification contenders and with three categorized climbs and a summit finish, we knew it was going to be tough. To have three of our guys caught up in a crash heading into the final part of the race was not good. That kind of thing breaks the focus, especially when you need to focus on the big climbs up ahead.”
“Now our focus turns to the time trial tomorrow and the race is far from over. A time trial like tomorrow should suit a rider like Tejay and although it’s only 15 kilometers, riders can lose and gain a fair bit of time on this sort of course. And then of course we still have the final two stages on Saturday and Sunday.”
Tejay van Garderen:
“The crash was really unexpected and I definitely felt a bit off in the final. We look to the time trial now but you never know how your body is going to respond after a crash. I’m sitting around a minute back on GC so it’s hard to pull that kind of time back, but you have to stay focused.”
Tour de Romandie (2.UWT)
Stage 2, Moudon to Morgins (173.9km)
Top 3: Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida)
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