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Another day in paradise

30. marzo 2008

Charleville-Mézières

Having cut their teeth a few weeks ago in several Belgian semi-classics, the BMC Racing Team returned to the European peloton for the Critérium International, this time fighting with many of the top teams in the ProTour.  Stage one from Signy-le-Petit to Charleville-Mézières covered 193km and again found a BMC rider in a long breakaway. 

A team of breakaway specialists

After recent performances, finding their ways into the long breaks seems to have become a specialty for the BMC team.  “We had another good day,” Directeur Sportif John Lelangue was pleased to report.  “Ian McKissick slipped away with a Rabobank rider at kilometre 2, and they stayed away together for nearly all 190 kms!”  The team’s ambitions entering such a prestigious event revolved around animating the race and showing the team’s colors to the European pack.  “The plan was to get one of our guys into the day’s main break,” Lelangue said.  “Ian made it, at one point gaining over 16 minutes on the field.”  Though he was dropped by the Rabobank rider near the finish, he did rack up all the KOM points, and so is now leading that competition. 

Back in the pack

BMC has brought four Swiss, three Americans and a South African to compete this weekend.  With Alex Moos, they hope to hang onto a good GC position.  “Alex and Danilo Wyss finished in the first group,” Lelangue reported.  “That was what we were hoping for since Danilo was able to finish in the top 10 for the sprint, and Alex is well within sight of the other GC contenders.”  Lelangue went on to explain, “Alex has ridden this race before, so he will know what to expect in tomorrow’s hilly stage 2 and if he can stay in contention, then there is every chance for him to have a high overall place at the end of the time trial.”  The weather gods were kinder to the racers today than they have been in recent weeks.  Cool but sunny, the conditions helped BMC have a flawless day with no crashes or other untoward events sapping their energy.  “We were very lucky today not to be caught up in any troubles,” Lelangue agreed.  “John Garcia was held up a little and had to chase back onto the attacking group, but was able to catch back on without too much trouble.”

A good day of good results

With Ian McKissick claiming the King of the Mountains prize for today, BMC continues its success at winning KOM prizes through aggressive riding.  Ian has said he loves riding opportunistically, finding his way into small groups where the strongest guy wins.  “We are very happy with Ian today,” Lelangue said.  “He followed the game plan exactly and now we will see how well we can defend his jersey.”  After having spent well over 100 miles in the breakaway today, Ian will surely have sore legs Sunday morning.  “We’ll just wait and see how he recovers,” Lelangue reasoned.  “It’ll be difficult, but if he can keep up after today, we will certainly do all we can to help him win the jersey.”   Danilo Wyss also extended his streak of top 10 finishes in heavily contested bunch sprints.  “The breakaway with Ian meant that the rest of the pack rode pretty tranquilly for much of the stage,” Danilo reported after the stage.  “The wind was so strong that once the pack picked up the pace, it was all very nervous and jittery.”