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BMC present in every break, Wyss finishes 5th in sprint for Wallonie Stage 1

26. July 2008

Soignies

Racing in Europe as a team for the first time since the Tour of Switzerland, BMC has sent a strong group of riders to contest the stages and overall at the Tour de Wallonie. 

Being a race which plays to the strengths of an attacking team, Stage 1 presented a good opportunity for BMC to show off its talents.  Facing a relatively flat, meandering ride between Tubize and Soignies, the riders turned the day into 145 km of fast, attacking racing, though in the end the presence of Tom Boonen in the peloton practically ensured a final bunch gallop for the line.

Looking for opportunities, BMC finds all the breaks 

“Today was a really, really good day for us,” Directeur Sportif John Lelangue was very pleased to report after the stage.  “It was a very fast day with many breakaways getting away, and we were well represented in every one.”  BMC came to Wallonie with a team of seasoned attackers.   Scott Nydam, who started off the year by building on his attacking reputation in the Tour of California, was pleased with the racing style he found in the Wallonie stage 1.  “This is just the perfect race for me at the perfect time,” Nydam said.  “I raced in the Tour of Picardie earlier this year, but this race is not as much fighting in the wind, rather it is more about being aggressive and finding the breaks.”  Finding the breaks is certainly something the whole BMC team has been very good at all year long.  “There was one particularly strong break of 22 riders that went and would have been very good for us because we had three riders represented,” Lelangue explained.  “But unfortunately Cofidis didn’t have anyone in the break so they chased it.”  BMC’s Alex Moos made a serious try for the stage win late in the race when he attacked with less than 6 km remaining.  “Alex made a good dig and broke away with only 6 km to go,” Lelangue said.  “He gained about 15 seconds on the group, but the pack was determined to have a sprint finish, so he was chased down.”  Undeterred, Moos said, “Everything is going okay for me,” and is looking forward to a week of strong racing.  “Boonen won the sprint, and we think Danilo got himself a top 10,” Lelangue said.  “I don’t know exactly where I finished in the sprint, but I think was either 6th or 7th,” Danilo Wyss said.  “I am very happy with my day since everything went very well for me.”  Danilo was confirmed as having finished 5th in the sprint, which is an excellent result for BMC’s young sprinting ace.

Aggressive game plan for next stages

The Wallonie Stage 2 will give the riders a much more challenging parcours.  “Tomorrow will be totally different from today,” Lelangue said.  “It will be very hilly with some cobbled sections; much of it was used as the course for the stage 2 of the Giro a few years ago.”  With such a demanding stage ahead of them, BMC is not underestimating their potential for this tour.  “What’s our goal? Our goal is to win this tour!” Lelangue gleefully said.  “We always come to race to win; we want to win stages, finish as high in the GC as possible, and always be on the offensive.”  Half of the team has flown over from the States to contest this event.  “We are not having trouble getting adjusted, everyone is feeling good,” Lelangue reported.  “The roads are amazing and it is so beautiful here, especially when the sun is out,” Nydam said.  “I’m so happy to be racing here and I think the race will really help me in my preparations for races later in the season.”    But with their eyes firmly set on the task at hand, BMC is looking forward to an exciting week of racing in Belgium.