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Silvan Dillier (leading) was part of a four-man breakaway that enjoyed more than 100 kilometers in the lead. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Silvan Dillier (leading) was part of a four-man breakaway that enjoyed more than 100 kilometers in the lead. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Dillier In Early Move at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

2. March 2014

Silvan Dillier was in an early breakaway Sunday at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, but the BMC Racing Team did not place anyone in the race-winning escape that went away nearly 70 kilometers from the finish.

The Course:
Starting and finishing in Kuurne, nine cobblestone sections were featured in the first 144 kilometers, eventually finishing with two laps of a 16-km circuit.

The Early Breakaway:
Silvan Dillier attacked in the first 20 km and Vladimir Isaychev (Katusha Team) followed. Eventually, the pair was joined by Gert Joeaar (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) and Michael Vingerling (Team 3M). The four saw their lead never reach four minutes and they were reeled in with 69 km to go.

The Key Move:
Just as Dillier's breakaway group was being caught, a counter move of 10 emerged that included multiple riders from Omega Pharma-Quick Step and Belkin Pro Cycling Team. Working well together, the new breakaway quickly gained a minute – and was not to be seen by the chasers again.

The Podium:
Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won the race for the third time by out-sprinting a pair of Belkin riders, Moreno Hofland and Sep Vanmarcke, respectively.

Best For The BMC Racing Team:
Greg Van Avermaet rolled to the finish in 24th, as the peloton arrived 1:24 after the leading group.

Injury Report:
Klaas Lodewyck and Taylor Phinney both crashed with about 90 kilometers to go. BMC Racing Team Dr. Dario Spinelli said Phinney was the more seriously injured of the two, receiving six stitches to his left knee. A chest X-ray revealed no broken bones from where a chainring cut across his abdomen.

What Dillier Said:
"To be in the breakaway, with this weather, was fantastic. We had a few days of recon here with the team and this helped me a lot in a few sections of cobblestones and the climbs. It was two good days where I got a lot of experience. For the future, this helps a lot."

What Sport Director Jackson Stewart Said:
"It wasn't the best day because Phinney and Lodewyck and crashed early. That kind of put the first damper in our plans. It wasn't the best day, but we could have had a better day if we had better luck."

Listen to complete comments from Diller, Lodewyck and Stewart on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

View photos in the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.