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BMC has strong showing at Romandie TTT (foto by Tim de Waele)
BMC has strong showing at Romandie TTT (foto by Tim de Waele)

BMC rides strong team time trial in stage 3 at Romandie

1. maggio 2009

Yverdon-les-Bains

With two very difficult climbing stages to look forward to at the weekend, BMC's goal for the team time trial was to stay as close to the top time trial teams as possible. 

Finishing barely 46 seconds behind a fast charging Team Columbia, BMC can feel as though they lived up to the challenge.  With both Alex Moos and Mathias Frank just a minute out of the race lead, the team can plan to use the weekend stages as a springboard into the top 10 of the overall GC.

TTT: tricky exercise

"I was really happy with how the guys road today," John Lelangue reported.  "It is not an easy job to race a stage like this.  Looking at the results and the top teams which finished behind us, I think we can feel very pleased with our performance on this challenging course."  With a finishing time that bunches BMC together with several other teams that either are experts at this sort of event or have serious overall victory ambitions, the American-Swiss contingent can still feel very confident in their chances for a high position on Sunday.  "We executed our plan and finished strongly with five riders," Lelangue said.  "Our group kept fighting till the last meters so I am pleased with the job that everyone did."

Hefty mountain stages coming up

"Looking at the current GC and knowing the severity of the stages for the next two days means that the race is still wide open," Lelangue said.  "We will go in with a plan to protect our GC chances, but will also have guys like Jeff Louder, Brent Bookwalter and Ian McKissick looking for chances to attack."  In the 2008 edition of the Tour de Romandie, Alex Moos carried the responsibility for a top finish in the GC. This year the team will also look to young climber Mathias Frank. "We will be protecting both Alex and Mathias, and we hope that they can be up there for the big fight," Lelangue said.  Frank seems confident and happy to be in this position.  "Saturday will be a big war and a very difficult day," Frank said.  "We'll see what happens, but I certainly hope that I will be among the strongest."  "We'll do our best, but I am really confident in the team," Lelangue concluded.