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Silvan Dillier, pictured at the Tour of Qatar, had the BMC Racing Team's best finish Friday. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Silvan Dillier, pictured at the Tour of Qatar, had the BMC Racing Team's best finish Friday. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen Prologue: Dillier Fifth

7. March 2014

Silvan Dillier's fifth-place performance led five BMC Racing Team finishers in the top 25 Friday in the prologue of Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen.

The Course:
The 7.0-kilometer, looping, out-and-back course featured a nearly flat profile with a headwind-going-out and tailwind finish.

The Podium:
Gert Joeaar (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) was one of only two riders to break the eight-minute mark, winning in a time of 7:53. Johan Le Bon (FDJ.fr) was runner-up in 7:58 and Kristof Vandewalle (Trek Factory Racing) was third in 8:01.

How BMC Racing Team Riders Fared:
Dillier, the reigning Swiss national elite time trial champion, clocked an 8:07 on his BMC timemachine TM01, 14 seconds off the winning time. Past Swiss national time trial champion Martin Kohler was 15th (8:15), followed by Rick Zabel in 18th (8:18), Klaas Lodewyck in 22nd (8:19), Danilo Wyss in 24th (8:20), Sebastian Lander in 114th (8:45) and Marcus Burghardt was 127th (8:49).

What Dillier Said:
"When I went out, there was a little bit less wind than the guys who went about one hour before me. The early guys had little bit more headwind going out. But on the way back, I had less of a tailwind than they had, so it was harder to keep the speed. But I still did a good ride and I am happy."

What Sport Director Jackson Stewart Said:
"I was actually surprised that some of the times got so good. We staggered Rick Zabel and Silvan Dillier because we knew the wind was forecast to die down. But it really didn't seem like it died down. Now we will ride for the stages and be aggressive and hope to make the selections in Stage 1 and 2. They both have the Belgian climbs, so we're just looking to make those selections and see what we can do."

Looking Ahead:
Saturday's opening road stage of the three-day race features the climbs of Oude Kwaremont and the Tiegemberg in 182.9 km from Brugge to Harelbeke. Dillier said: "For me, it would be better if we can make some splits somewhere and then finish with a group of 20, and then I try to do the sprint from there, instead of doing the sprint with the whole bunch. For me, that's the better option."