Top Ten Finish for Bohli On a Wet Opening Prologue in Switzerland25. April 2017, Aigle (SUI) — Road Team
Heavy rain produced slippery conditions as riders raced against the clock on the opening Tour de Romandie prologue with Tom Bohli securing a top ten finish for BMC Racing Team.
Bohli was one of the early riders to start his 4.8km effort, and he stopped the clock at 6’07”. This time remained competitive throughout the day, and in the end, he finished with the eighth-fastest time, 10 seconds behind the eventual winner, Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo).
The wet roads in Aigle created difficult conditions for all the riders. Tejay van Garderen was unfortunately caught out on an early left-hand corner but was able to get back on the bike quickly and finish. An update from BMC Racing Team doctor, Dr. Dario Spinelli is provided below.
Richie Porte and van Garderen finished 33 seconds and 34 seconds back respectively, setting times comparable to a number of the General Classification contenders.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“I started when the rain really was falling heavily. I am normally a very quick, punchy starter but as I went out, I started to drift slightly with my back wheel, so I knew I need to take a little bit of speed off. I felt it in the corners in the beginning, and maybe I lost some time there.”
“Normally when you want to make a good prologue, you need to make reasonable and calculated risks, and today, I didn't know how to estimate my efforts so, I couldn’t have done any more than I did.”
“I’ve come straight here from Tour of the Alps, so I already have a big week of racing in my legs. This is my first individual time trial of the year, so it was good to see where my form is against some of the best prologue riders in the world. I am really happy to finish in the top ten, and it is good to know that I can be competitive against the riders here.”
“After the conditions today, I am just happy that I stayed upright. I felt pretty good on the bike considering I’ve had a bit of a gap between races. It was great to get the race started, and I am now looking forward to the next few road stages.”
Sports Director, Fabio Baldato:
“The road was really slippery, and on the third corner, Tejay van Garderen unfortunately crashed. There isn’t much more to say about it really. Everyone was at their limit, and it was a difficult point on the course. After that, though he recovered well and he was pulling back time quickly. For me, his condition looked strong, and his form was there, and it was just a shame that he crashed. But, this can happen to anyone. It’s all about taking risks, and sometimes you can pay. Right now, it looks like nothing serious which is good as we need Tejay.”
“Tom Bohli did a great ride today. He was speeding up into the corners and sprinting after them. Then, on the climb, he was looking really powerful, and he did a great job. It maybe wasn’t perfect on the corners due to the rain but he did a great ride, he can be happy with this result.”
Tejay van Garderen - Medical Update Dr. Dario Spinelli:
“Tejay van Garderen suffered some contusions on his hip, knee, and elbow as a result of his crash during today’s prologue. His injuries look only superficial at the moment, so we will keep an eye on them but I do not expect there to be any other problems as a result.”
Tour de Romandie
Prologue: Aigle > Aigle, 4.8km
Top 3: 1. Fabio Felline (Trek - Segafredo) 2. Alex Dowsett (Movistar Team) 3. Alex Edmondson (Orica-Scott)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 8. Tom Bohli 24. Nicolas Roche 34. Stefan Küng