Two Top Ten Finishes on Thrilling Day of Racing11. June 2016, Meribel (FRA) / Baar (SUI) — Road Team
It was double the racing action for BMC Racing Team with the queen stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Stage 1 prologue at the Tour de Suisse on the cards.
Porte Holds on to Second Place on GC
The queen stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné was every bit as thrilling as expected, with a showdown between the General Classification contenders playing out.
Richie Porte spent the day in the Yellow Jersey group which, as the riders approached the final climb, was down to ten riders. Attacks off the front of the breakaway saw stage winner Thibault Pinot (FDJ) and Romain Bardet (AG2R la Mondiale) launch a late attack that made it to the line.
Porte held on to Yellow Jersey-holder Chris Froome’s wheel until the final 500 meters when Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quick Step) attacked and Froome followed. Porte crossed the line in tenth place and remains in second place on the General Classification.
Quotes of the Day
“I was missing a bit at the end but it was just such a hard day. I haven’t done a lot of racing lately and I think I paid for that today. With all of the guys attacking so far out, it was just a hectic stage which is what I think you’re going to get with a short and sharp stage like this one. The guys were fantastic around me. It’s a credit to Ben Hermans to come back from the breakaway to help and all of the guys today were really good all day and stuck around me.”
“It’s no surprise that everyone was going to go for it on the final climb. It’s good to get this one out of the way. Now we just have to finish it off tomorrow.”
Valerio Piva, Sports Director:
“Of course the objective for today was to try to win, and try not to lose any time with Richie. In the end we did a good race. We’re still there in second place on GC. We lost a little bit of time as Richie was in a little bit of difficulty in the final 500 meters. Bardet attacked and caught up some time, so we put Amael Moinard on the front to control the gap and try and bring he and Pinot back. We had Ben Hermans in the breakaway and he came back to help Richie when Damiano Caruso was dropped, so Richie had someone around him all day. He’s still there and he’s still in the position to get a good result. We’re at the top level and it comes down to a matter of seconds. Tomorrow we will see.”
Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT)
Stage 6 La Rochette to Meribel (141km)
Top 3: Romain Bardet (FDJ), Thibaut Pinot (AG2R la Mondiale), Daniel Martin (Etixx-Quick Step)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Richie Porte, 13. Ben Hermans, 22. Damiano Caruso
Dillier Eighth in Tour de Suisse Prologue
A short and sharp 6.4 kilometer prologue kicked things off at the Tour de Suisse, with Silvan Dillier putting in a solid ride to clock the eighth-fastest time, nine seconds behind winner Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo).
Rain plagued the time trial for most of the day, with only the last riders benefiting from a dry course.
It was Dillier’s first chance to wear his Swiss National Time Trial Champion’s jersey on home soil.
Quotes of the Day
“I was really lucky with the weather. It stopped raining early enough for the roads to dry up before I went out. It was only my second race after fracturing my finger at the Giro d’Italia, so I already I showed good shape at GP Gippingen, and now my prologue is also a good result. I couldn’t finish on the podium but it’s still hard to come back and be with the best specialists. I’m not a time trialist, I’m not a sprint specialist, so as an all-rounder I’m pretty happy to finish in the top ten.”
“It was only the second time I wore my Swiss National Time Trial jersey, and the first time in Switzerland, so I have to make the most of it before we line up again at the National Championships next week.”
Tejay van Garderen:
“We tried to be smart by going in the first wave of riders in the hope of getting better weather. Turns out we made the wrong call. I had good sensations but bad luck. It’s a long week of racing and plenty ok kilometers to make up the time.”
Tour de Suisse (2.UWT)
Stage 1 Baar to Baar (6.4km)
Top 3: Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo), Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal), Luke Durbridge (Orica GreenEDGE)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 8. Silvan Dillier, 53. Tejay van Garderen, 72. Philippe Gilbert
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