Sánchez Takes Fourth in Brutal Liège-Bastogne-Liège24. April 2016, Ans (BEL) — Road Team
It doesn’t get much tougher than what the peloton faced at the fourth Monument and last Spring Classic of the year, Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
Despite the freezing temperatures, wind, rain and snow, it was in fact a pretty solid day in the saddle for BMC Racing Team. Alessandro De Marchi raced aggressively from the beginning, finding himself in an eight-rider breakaway from the 15 kilometer mark, only to get caught with 23 kilometers to go. Samuel Sánchez battled it out on the final climbs of the day to cross the line in fourth place, another validation of his excellent form. And all eight of our riders made it to the line.
Quotes of the Day:
Here is what a few of the riders had to say on the finish line…
“It’s a good result and it’s good UCI WorldTour points for the team. For me the most important thing is the performance in the final. It’s a fight to win the race. When I arrived at the finish line there was really nothing left. The race was a survival race. There were a lot of crashes in the final, a lot of rain, so it was really hard.”
“For me and for the team, and my teammates it’s a good result. The perfect result is the first three places but still. My form is impressive. I’m 38 years old and it’s my 13th Liège-Bastogne-Liège, so I’m happy.”
Alessandro De Marchi:
“It was a super, super hard day. It was crazy really. I think conditions like that are too much. To be in a breakaway like that, with those conditions, for 200 kilometers, is just painful. Towards the end I did’nt really have the legs but I’m happy to have made the breakaway with such strong riders and stay away for so long. Now it will be all about recovery.”
“It was my first Liège-Bastogne-Liège and I hope there will be many more to come. It was a good experience, even if I wasn’t feeling 100%. It was really amazing to have my family and friends on the side of the road supporting me, even if I couldn’t hear them because of the terrible conditions. With the snow, the rain and everything it was crazy out there. It was a hard day that’s for sure.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“The objective was obviously to place as best we could and we were hoping for the podium with Samuel Sánchez who was coming in as our leader. He finished fourth, he was in the good move, and it was a great result for us. We also had Dylan Teuns in the first group and Loïc Vliegen was there until just before the end. The team worked really well to support Samuel and to have Alessandro in the breakaway representing BMC Racing Team was good to see. I think we can be happy with how today went, especially considering the conditions and now we look forward to the next block of racing.”
Liège - Ans (253km)
Top 3: Wout Poels (Team Sky), Michael Albasini (Orica GreenEDGE), Rui Costa (Lampre Merida)
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