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An 8th (Moos) and a 10th (Wyss/picture) place on a ProTour stage is definitely an encouraging result for BMC. Foto: Tim De Wale
An 8th (Moos) and a 10th (Wyss/picture) place on a ProTour stage is definitely an encouraging result for BMC. Foto: Tim De Wale

Jonathan Garcia launches the day’s main break, while Alex Moos and Danilo Wyss finish top 10

17. June 2008


Even a cursory glance at Tuesday’s Stage 4 profile would give an insight into the BMC race tactics for the day: get in the break.

With a profile similar to Stage 3, the ride from Gossau to Domat-Ems would offer BMC the hope to find at least one of its riders in the day’s main break, while the rest of the team would focus resources on protecting and positioning Alex Moos.  Jonathan Garcia, shaking off the stiffness and soreness from his painful crash on Stage 1, launched an attack just 2 km into the stage.  After being joined by a rider apiece from Bouygues Telecom and Milram, the trio worked up to a 10 minute lead at one point, and was not reeled in by the pack until just 4km from the finish line.

Satisfying to see Jonathan the warrior

“We had a really good stage today,” Gavin Chilcott said.  “We are very pleased to see Jonathan coming back from his crash and performing so well.”  To avoid riders who had crashed in front of him on Stage 1, Jonathan rolled into a field hoping that was a safe way to go.  Unfortunately, he did not see a fence which he hit, flipped over, and landed hard on his head.  He gouged his elbow pretty well, but luckily did not break anything.  “Each morning he has been pretty stiff of course,” John Lelangue reported.  “But he is a real warrior and launched the attack from the start today.”   “I felt pretty good today, better than yesterday,” Garcia said.  “Thomas our doctor is taking really good care of me, basically making it possible for me to keep racing here.”  As a Wildcard team, the riders on BMC have every intention of proving their value and showing they can compete with the big teams in big races.  “I didn’t know what to expect today, so I just took off at about kilometre 0, and went for it,” Jonathan said.  “As with yesterday’s stage, we wanted to do well for our sponsors, and get in the move that counted.”  The threesome worked well together for around 160 kilometers, as the peloton waited until 4 kilometers from the finish to finally reel them in.  “We were working well together as everyone took full pulls at the front,” Garcia said.  “And for a little while there we were getting a bit excited because we thought we might just make it to the end, but the sprinters teams ramped up the speed enough to bring us in just 3 or 4 km from the finish.”  “One of these days a break like that will make it to the finish,” Chilcott predicted.  “We need to keep riding aggressively and when the break that works makes it to the finish, we want to be there.”  

Sketchy sprint finds two BMC riders in the top 10

With the break caught, the sprinter’s teams began to position their leaders for the finale.  Nevertheless, BMC’S Alex Moos finished 8th while their young sprinter Danilo Wyss finished an excellent 10th.  “With the level of sprinters here at the Tour of Switzerland, I am content to have a 10th place finish,” Danilo Wyss commented.  “That was a really narrow road going into the finish, so positioning was crucial,” Chilcott said.  “Alex is a very smart rider and excellent at positioning himself in tight finishes like that; Danilo is also very good at positioning for sprints.”  Though an 8th and a 10th place on a ProTour stage is definitely an encouraging result for BMC, Moos’ high placing was secondary to his desire to stay out of trouble.  “Alex took part in the sprint to avoid crashing in a potentially dangerous finish,” Lelangue said.  “But his sights are set more on the climbing stages to come.”  Tomorrow’s Stage 5 has several big climbs, including a Category 1 in the first half of the stage.  But according to Lelangue, this will not be a stage for the GC riders.  “It will be an important stage to keep near the front, but the GC contenders will wait till later in the week to try and make the difference.”  With two hard early climbs, and a Cat 2 climb before the fast roll into the finish, the stage might be set for another breakaway, this time successful.  “For the image of the team we want to be on the offensive, always there in the moves, always fighting for the breaks,” Lelangue explained.  “Who knows, maybe tomorrow will be a day ripe for our style of racing.”