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BMC Racing Team's Silvan Dillier (far left) is seventh overall heading into the final day. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
BMC Racing Team's Silvan Dillier (far left) is seventh overall heading into the final day. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, Stage 1: Bunch Sprint

8. March 2014

BMC Racing Team's Silvan Dillier unsuccessfully fought to hold onto his fifth place in the overall standings Saturday as a bunch sprint capped the penultimate stage of Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen.

The Course:
Beginning in Brugge, the opening road stage traveled 182.9 kilometers and featured the climbs of Oude Kwaremont and the Tiegemberg, as well as a tricky finishing circuit in Harelbeke.

The Podium:
Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) won ahead of Danilo Napolitano (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Scott Thwaites (Team NetApp-Endura).

Best For The BMC Racing Team:
Dillier finished 28th, four seconds back of Van Poppel's winning time.

The Overall Standings:
Gert Joeaar (Cofidis, Solutions Credits) held onto the overall lead by five seconds over Johan Le Bon (FDJ.fr). But Dillier slipped two spots in the overall – to seventh - and is 14 seconds off the lead.

What Dillier Said:
"I tried to also get bonus seconds, but it didn't work out how we wanted it to. It is bad for the teamwork that I dropped down in the GC (general classification). Rick Zabel and Klaas Lodewyck did a good job and tried to get me in position for the final sprint. It was so hectic and we just avoided a crash with 3 km to go, but we lost position in the peloton. We tried to fight back, but it wasn't possible. So we will try again tomorrow. The parcours is probably a bit harder and we can make a split."

The Final Stage:
More short, but steep climbs are on the menu for Sunday's 185.9-km race from Nieuwpoort to Ichtegem. "I think it will be more selective," BMC Racing Team Sport Director Jackson Stewart said. "We will try to get Silvan some bonus seconds and a good stage finish to move him back up on the GC. I think he'll be one of the strongest guys on the Kemmelberg."