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BMC Development Team's Silvan Dillier (center, in yellow) won the Tour de Normandie while also earning the white jersey of best young rider. (David Allais photo, www.tourdenormandiecycliste.fr.)
BMC Development Team's Silvan Dillier (center, in yellow) won the Tour de Normandie while also earning the white jersey of best young rider. (David Allais photo, www.tourdenormandiecycliste.fr.)

BMC Development Team's Silvan Dillier Wins Tour de Normandie

24. March 2013

Silvan Dillier earned the BMC Development Team's first victory by winning the overall classification Sunday at the Tour de Normandie.

Crucial Teamwork Played A Part
Dillier took a three-second win over Alexandre Blain (Team Raleigh), whom he overtook for the lead after Friday's stage of the seven-day French race. Blain made it close on the final, 137-kilometer stage by winning a three-second intermediate time bonus sprint, but Dillier earned one second himself by placing third. Tino Thömel (Team NSP-Ghost) won the last stage as Dillier placed 15th. Dylan Van Baarle (Rabobank Development Team) finished third overall, at eight seconds. "This is the greatest victory I have had so far for sure," Dillier said. "It is also an overall victory and I have never won a stage race before, so this is really special. I am really happy. The team did a great job for me. They protected me the whole day. It was a really great job they did all week."

First Objective Accomplished
Dillier, 22, also won the best young rider classification of the UCI 2.2 race. His young career already includes Swiss Under 23 national titles in the time trial (2010 and 2012), one on the road (2009) and Under 23 European track championship titles in the pursuit and the madison (both in 2012). Teammates helping Dillier earn the BMC Development Team's historic first win were: T.J. Eisenhart (USA), Stefan Küng (SUI), Igniazio Moser (ITA), Jakub Novak (CZE) and Loïc Vliegen (BEL). BMC Development Team Manager Rik Verbrugghe said it would be hard to imagine a more perfect start to the season. "The team was really strong all week and rode perfectly," he said. "This is the first year of our program, this was our first stage race, it was our first goal of the season and we came back with a victory. So it's amazing."