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Silvan Dillier (seen in action at the Tour of Alberta) was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the final stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Silvan Dillier (seen in action at the Tour of Alberta) was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher on the final stage. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour de l'Eurométropole, Stage 4: Animating The Race

6. October 2013

Silvan Dillier was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher, in 17th place, on the final stage of the Tour de l'Eurométropole Sunday.

Four Straight Field Sprints
Dillier was part of a breakaway with teammate Klaas Lodewyck with about 30 kilometers left in the 153.8-km race. After their group was brought back, two more BMC Racing Team riders tried to split the peloton. "Martin Kohler opened it up on the climb for Yannick Eijssen and that was actually the last move to get caught before the sprint," Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. "We always keep in mind the sprint, but there were really no true sprinters for us here. Realistically, our goal was to animate the race and get in breaks and promote breaks." Like the previous three stages, a field sprint ensued and John Degenkolb (Team Argos-Shimano) took the win ahead of Jens Debusschere (Lotto Belisol Team), who won the overall on tie-breaking criteria since the two were tied on overall time. Lodewyck, in 35th, was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher overall. Sciandri said the team did a good job of executing its pre-race plan to set up Dillier – winner of a stage at the Tour of Alberta – for the sprint. "It wasn't really the best of sprints for him, but the team did a good job and moved really well," Sciandri said.