Gutsy Riding in the Breakaway by Caruso and Schär in Norway2. September 2016, Suldalsosen (NOR) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team continued their run of top ten finishes in Norway on Tour des Fjords Stage 3 with Damiano Caruso and Michael Schär finishing fourth and fifth respectively behind stage winner and new race leader, Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha).
After 27km of riding, Joey Rosskopf was part of a 19-rider breakaway that had a small advantage over the peloton however it wasn’t until the race reached the slopes of the first climb that a group of seven riders including Caruso and Schär was able to establish a solid lead over the peloton which eventually extended to five minutes.
Despite the wet and windy conditions Caruso and Schär were part of a trio of riders who were able to ride out at the front of the race for most of the day.
With 25km to go the group was holding on to an advantage of 2 minutes 30 seconds. This forced a change in tactics from the main bunch behind them with three riders, including Kristoff, attacking off the front to join them with 4km to go before heading into a final sprint for the line.
Today's gutsy riding from both BMC Racing Team riders sees them move up the General Classification heading into Stage 4 with Schär sitting second, 20 seconds behind Kristoff, and Caruso fifth, 23 seconds back.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was quite an incredible day out there. With the weather we have experienced over the past three stage and being in the big mountains today we didn't know what to expect. With climbs higher than 1100m we wondered whether it might even be snowing but luckily that wasn’t the case. Damiano and I had a plan to do something extraordinary today, something out of the box rather than a sprint. We know that in a sprint it will always be difficult to beat Kristoff so we attacked early. We knew we still had a long way to go on the stage and our hope of winning was not big at the beginning but when the three of us still had an advantage of two minutes with 20km we thought it might be possible to stage out in front.”
“With the climbs and the weather today it was not easy out there so in the final 10km we had nothing left, we were just rolling through as fast as we could. Then some fresh guys, like Kristoff, attacked from behind and the closed the gap pretty quick before we went in for the sprint. I’m now sitting second on GC which is a great position to be in and we are definitely going to try and do something to move and keep fighting like we have done every day now. Our big advantage here is that we have a strong and powerful team so we will continue to give it everything and try to open up the race as in a race like this that it the only thing we can do.”
Tour des Fjords
Stage 3: Ulvik- Suldalsosen, 221km
Top 3: 1. Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha) 2. Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot - Orange Peloton) 3. Jonas Koch (Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 4. Damiano Caruso 5. Michael Schär 27. Floris Gerts
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 2. Michael Schär 5. Damiano Caruso 37. Floris Gerts