Schär Claims Second Overall at Tour des Fjords4. September 2016, Stavanger (NOR) — Road Team
Michael Schär capped off five days of racing at Tour des Fjords by finishing second on the General Classification and sixth place on stage 5.
Schär, who is one of BMC Racing Team’s key domestiques, moved into second place after stage 3 and managed to hold his podium place, as did Damiano Caruso who finished in fifth place overall.
Despite having only five riders left in the race, BMC Racing Team worked hard to keep Schär, who was sitting 20 seconds behind eventual race winner Alexander Kristoff, on the podium on stage 5.
A 7-rider breakaway went clear on the 183.8km stage but was kept close to the peloton throughout the stage, before the final breakaway rider was pulled back with 10km to go.
Schär and Caruso were part of a 14-rider move that went played out in the final 10km and built a gap of 30 seconds on the peloton, which they managed to hold to the line.
Kristoff took the stage win in the sprint and Schär and Caruso crossed the line in sixth and seventh place respectively.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I’m simply very thankful for the work that the guys did for me in the last two days. Normally I’m never on this side of the job. It’s the first time that I see that the teamwork really makes the leader stronger. It gives me confidence and the race was also much easier. I only had to do the finale as the rest was done by Floris Gerts and Fabian Lienhard and Joey Rosskopf. They did so much work the whole day by keeping me out of the wind, and then in the finale I had Damiano Caruso who pulled for 10km. The other guys have eight riders for that so it’s cool to see the other side because sometimes I do my job and I wonder if our leaders really see or feel that it is easier for them to ride a bike, and today I felt that.”
“My form is good as I was training very hard after the Tour de France. I wanted to have a good fall, not just letting it go, and I was motivated. And now with this result it’s extra motivation to help Greg Van Avermaet at the races in Quebec and Montreal and fall back into my normal role.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“For Michael Schär this is a great result. This is a guy who does his job as a domestique every year, always working for the leaders. I’m really happy for him. I talked to him before the stage and we agreed that it was an important result for him and that we would do everything possible to keep him on the podium. Today we decided not to have anyone in the breakaway and work for the finale with Michi. All of the guys stayed around him and Damiano Caruso worked hard to put him in a good position for the sprint finale. Every day we have been trying with guys in the breakaway, so to have Michi in second and Damiano in fifth is a nice way to finish the race. All of the guys were really strong and worked really well, especially given we only had five riders after Alessandro De Marchi had to stop racing.”
Tour des Fjords
Stage 5: Hinna Park > Stavanger (183.8km)
Top 3: Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha), Michael Morkov (Team Katusha), Kristoffer Halvorsen (Team Joker – Byggtorget).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 6. Michael Schär, 7.. Damiano Caruso, 21. Fabian Lienhard
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 2. Michael Schär, 5.. Damiano, 31. Floris Gerts
Bunch Sprints Plays Out on Tour of Britain Stage 1
4 September, 2016, Castle Douglas (GBR)
Stage 1 of the Tour of Britain came down to a predicted bunch sprint in which Rick Zabel was BMC Racing Team’s best-placed rider in 16th place, behind stage winner Andre Greipel.
A 5-rider breakaway escaped early in the stage and despite different attacks was eventually brought back to the peloton with 10km to go.
The sprinters’ trains started their formation after the race came back together and it was smooth sailing until a crash in the final 500m took down several key contenders for the stage win.
All six BMC Racing Team riders finished in the bunch.
Quotes from the DS Car - Jackson Stewart
“It was a pretty straightforward stage for us, which is always the case when you have a breakaway go away and a predicted bunch sprint. Both Rohan Dennis and Rick Zabel had mechanical problems in the final 20km but they were able to get back to the bunch without any problems. We had Rick up there for the sprint and our objective was to keep Rohan out of trouble. There was a crash in the final kilometer and there are a lot of big sprinters here fighting for that last turn, so it’s never an easy finish. Tomorrow could be a really epic day I think. It’s really up and down and long, and I think a strong breakaway could go or a good day for the GC guys.”
Tour of Britain
Stage 1: Glasgow > Castle Douglas (161.6km)
Top 3: Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal), Caleb Ewan (Orica-BikeExchange), Ramon Sinkeldam (Team Giant-Alpecin).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 16. Rick Zabel, 52. Amael Moinard, 53. Loic Vliegen
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 20. Rick Zabel, 55. Amael Moinard, 56. Loic Vliegen