Month Of May Full Of Success For BMC Development Team
Silvan Dillier’s victory Sunday at GP Cham-Hagendorn was his third win of the season for the BMC Development Team and capped a stellar month of accomplishments for the first-year squad.
Working Well As A Team
Two weeks ago, Dillier won the final stage of Triptyque Ardennais in Belgium while teammates Jakub Novak and Stefan Küng finished third and fourth overall, respectively, with Küng also taking home best young rider honors. In early May – in the BMC Development Team’s first competition in the United States – Arnaud Grand won a stage of Silver City’s Tour of the Gila on the way to winning the sprint classification. That same weekend, Tom Bohli won the amateur road race at GP Luzern. Those results, BMC Development Team General Manager Rik Verbrugghe said, confirm the progress of the team since its first training camp in January in Spain. “While winning has never been our top objective, we always wanted to be improving and learning and working together as a team,” he said. “Silvan has been a good example, with the team racing well around him and achieving many of the objectives we have set out to accomplish.”
Dillier Wins In Three-Up Sprint
Dillier won GP Cham-Hagendorn Sunday in a three-up sprint. “After the peloton split, we were with eight riders, which included (teammate) Ignzaio Moser,” Dillier said. “But then he lost the contact with another rider. The six of us worked well together. With three laps (of 17) to go, two riders attacked, but I followed. I knew I could win in the sprint, so I focused on this and didn’t let them attack.” Dillier’s victory added to his overall title and best young rider honors from the Tour de Normandie in March. Verbrugghe said another highlight of Sunday’s race was the return of Tim Roe, who underwent hip surgery in the offseason. “It was very satisfying to see him finish the race in the main peloton without any problems,” Verbrugghe said. The BMC Development Team’s race calendar in June will consist of several one-day races in Belgium and Switzerland following the cancellation of the Giro Bio stage race in Italy, Verbrugghe said.