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Alex Moos was the team's top finisher in Romandie prologue (foto by AbbiOrca.com)
Alex Moos was the team's top finisher in Romandie prologue (foto by AbbiOrca.com)

BMC's leaders hold their own in Romandie prologue

28. April 2009

Lausanne

The rapid-fire prologue kick off to the first ProTour stage race of the year for BMC went well as the team's four leaders were able to stay within a handful of seconds of the day's winner, Columbia's Frantisek Rabon. 

By placing 6 riders within 16 seconds of the current race leader, BMC can confidently look to starting the meat of the course on Wednesday with multiple options for their attacking system.

Short but tricky course

"Romandie is a perfect stage race because it offers everything in only five days of racing," John Lelangue said.  "It is always a very open race and we have come expecting to be able to fulfil our team goals." Though prologues are always violent efforts, the pre-race word regarding Tuesday's course was that it would be dead-flat and not too technical.  In fact, the ride turned out to be much more complicated than that.  Many pre-race favourites were caught out by a section of false-flat which lasted for nearly a kilometer.  "It was not an overly difficult time trial, but you obviously had to go a block for the whole 3 km," Lelangue said.  "We are happy with where our guys finished even if they didn't quite crack the top 10 today.  It was a good result for us and we still have our GC riders very well placed."  The course may have actually played to the strengths of BMC's leaders, favouring anyone who can power up a rise and still have enough left in the gas tank to finish off the flatter section of the course.  Alex Moos managed to stay within 7 seconds of the winner while Mathias Frank, BMC's young climber was just a second slower.  Brent Bookwalter, Markus Zberg, Jeff Louder and Ian MckIssick were all able to finish within seconds of each other.

Looking forward to the main event

With the prologue in the bag, the team's attention turns to how to make the biggest impact on the race while giving themselves the best opportunity to finish high in the overall standings.  "There are a lot of short stage race contenders at the even this year," Lelangue said.  "Last year this was our first ever ProTour race and so our primary objective was to go on the offensive, but this year we have come with different goals.  We are confident that we have the right mix of guys to make the necessary leap in competitiveness."  With three categorized climbs packed into stage 1, the BMC climbers will not have long to wait to see who will become the designated leader for the race.  "Tomorrow is really a tough day with very difficult climbs and a big selection will certainly be made," Lelangue said.  "It was important not to lose too many seconds today and it is good to see the guys are all ready and very motivated for the rest of the event."