Roche Wraps Up 2017 Season with Tour of Guangxi Podium24. October 2017, Guilin (CHN) — Road Team
The 2017 season came to a close with the final stage of the Tour of Guangxi which saw Nicolas Roche secure third overall and Daniel Oss on the attack to claim the King of the Mountain classification.
Oss went on the attack, for the second consecutive day, as soon as the flag dropped and was joined by Wang Meiyin and Jon Irisarri (Caja Rural).
The peloton sat up and allowed the trio to go more than four minutes clear with no change for the first 100km of racing.
Oss consolidated his lead in the KOM classification by taking maximum points at the second KOM, by which point the advantage was down to two minutes.
The peloton brought the trio to within one minute inside 25km to go, and Oss attacked to try and stay clear before the race eventually came back together with 4km remaining.
The sprint teams assumed control of the race and set the stage for the expected bunch sprint which was won by Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors).
Roche crossed the line safely in the peloton to retain third on the General Classification, as did Ben Hermans who was fifth overall and Silvan Dillier who finished in eighth place.
With 66 points, Oss claimed the KOM jersey ahead of Roche and BMC Racing Team finished as the best team overall.
Quotes from the Finish Line
"I think it has been a great first edition of the Tour of Guangxi. Overall, it was very well organized, and I think we can say that it was a success. As a team, we really enjoyed our week here. We rode competitively as a group, and we did a good race. I am pretty happy to be on the podium at a UCI WorldTour one-week race this year and to wrap up the 2017 season in this way."
"It feels good to win the KOM jersey. I have enjoyed racing in China, and I took the opportunity to go for the jersey. It was nice to do this and to ride out at the front of the race. Today, we were so close to the finish, but the bunch was just too fast. It has been a good week for the team. We were able to defend third place overall today, and we also have Ben Hermans and Silvan Dillier in the top ten."
Marco Pinotti, Sports Director:
"Overall, it's been a very good week. The race itself was great. The level of organization was very high, and the number of spectators on the side of the roads was impressive. As a team, we saw all of the riders performing at a high level, and we finished with three riders in the top ten overall, including Nicolas Roche on the podium. We also won the team classification, the KOM jersey with Daniel Oss and we had someone in the breakaway almost every day."
"The riders came here motivated and well-prepared, and we did the best that we could. We fought hard all the way to end. Everyone was 100% committed to the team, riders and staff, and it was a good way to end the season."
Tour of Guangxi
Stage 6: Guilin > Gulin (168km)
Top 3: 1. Fernando Gaviria (Quickstep-Floors), 2. Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida Pro Cycling Team), 3. Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL-Jumbo).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 19. Floris Gerts, 31. Silvan Dillier, 36. Nicolas Roche.
Top 3 on GC: 1. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), 2. Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo), 3. Nicolas Roche (BMC Racing Team).
BMC Racing Team top 3 on GC: 3. Nicolas Roche, 5. Ben Hermans, 8. Silvan Dillier.