Dillier on the Attack on Tour of Guangxi Stage 119. October 2017, Beihai (CHN) — Road Team
The inaugural Tour of Guangxi got underway with a 107km circuit race in Beihai which saw Silvan Dillier on the attack in the day’s breakaway.
Attacks flew from the peloton as soon as the flag dropped and Dillier formed part of a four-rider breakaway.
With a bunch sprint expected, the peloton never allowed Dillier’s breakaway to gain more than a one-minute advantage and for the most part of the stage, kept their advantage under 30 seconds.
Dillier put his sprinting and climbing legs to the test to take maximum points and bonus seconds at all three intermediate sprints and the first King of the Mountain.
With 30km remaining, Dillier and Remi Cavagna (Quickstep-Floors) forged on ahead before Cavagna attacked solo to gain almost one minute on the peloton.
As the race approached the final King of the Mountain, Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural) attacked and joined Cavagna and the duo managed to hold the peloton off until 4km to go.
The sprint trains formed quickly and Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors) claimed the win with all of BMC Racing Team’s riders crossing the line in the peloton.
Dillier’s bonus seconds see him lead the Sprint Classification and sit in second place, just one second behind Gaviria, on the General Classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I knew to expect that the bunch wouldn’t let us get too far away because it was only 100km. If you are smart in the breakaway and pace yourself you can go full gas in the last couple of kilometers. Sometimes the bunch really struggles to close the gap. We still worked well together and for me the biggest objective today was to get the bonus seconds which I achieved and then ride safe into the finish and this is what happened.”
“We will see what the next days are giving me. It’s always good to start a stage race with a good first stage. I will just see day by day how it goes and then stage 4 will be crucial for the General Classification. The first day when we arrived the weather wasn’t so good but now I’m really enjoying it with the nice weather and the crowd is amazing here. I never expected so many people along the road.”
Tour of Guangxi
Stage 1 Beihai > Beihai (107.4km)
Top 3: 1. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors), 2. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), 3. Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 13. Floris Gerts, 38. Silvan Dillier, 55. Nicolas Roche.