Dillier Maintains Second Overall at Tour of Guangxi20. October 2017, Nanning (CHN) — Road Team
Silvan Dillier backed up his solid performance on stage 1 of the Tour of Guangxi with another day spent in the breakaway on stage 2 to claim six bonus seconds which sees the Swiss rider maintain his second place overall.
Dillier went on the attack at the beginning of the 156.7km stage and initially formed part of a three-rider group in the opening ten kilometers.
Dillier went on the attack at the beginning of the 156.7km stage and initially formed part of a three-rider group in the opening ten kilometers. The group was brought back before Daniel Oss attacked and a group of seven riders, featuring Nicolas Roche, went clear of the bunch to take the first intermediate sprint points.
The race came back together and Dillier attacked again to this time create the day’s breakaway with Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)) and Meiyin Wang (Bahrain-Merida), and go on to claim maximum points at the second intermediate sprint.
After 50km, the peloton had allowed the trio to extend an advantage of 3’30” which eventually reached out to more than four minutes half-way through the race.
Dillier claimed another three bonus seconds at the final intermediate sprint as the peloton began to pick up their chase inside the final 50km.
With 20km remaining, the peloton had brought the breakaway to within 45 seconds which allowed Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) to jump across to Dillier’s group.
With 4km to go, the race was back together and the sprinter’s teams started the battle for positioning ahead of the expected bunch sprint.
Race leader Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) claimed the win for a second consecutive day and Oss was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider in ninth place.
Dillier sits five seconds behind Gaviria on the General Classification and now leads the King of the Mountain classification ahead of stage 3
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I tried a couple of times to get away but we were never really able to go clear. Then Daniel Oss was in a nice move but Quickstep-Floors brought it back. When the race came together again I tried once again as I said to myself “It’s all or nothing now”. I was able to get away and luckily two other riders joined me because otherwise it would have been a very long stage. All three of us worked well together and we were able to gain a good advantage. The most important thing for me was the bonus points in the sprint and KOM classifications and the bonus seconds and I was able to get all of them except the first intermediate sprint because the breakaway hadn’t formed yet.”
“Stage four is most likely the GC stage so we will see how things go tomorrow on stage 3. Everything I have so far is nice. I’ve had two successful first days so everything else will be a bonus.”
Tour of Guangxi
Stage 2 Qinzhou > Nanning (156.7km)
Top 3: 1. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors), 2. Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb), 3. Wouter Wippert (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 9. Daniel Oss, 18. Floris Gerts, 19. Nicolas Roche.