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Silvan Dillier showed off his best young rider jersey on the final podium. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Silvan Dillier showed off his best young rider jersey on the final podium. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Dillier Third At Tour de Wallonie

30. July 2014

BMC Racing Team's Silvan Dillier finished third overall at the Tour de Wallonie Wednesday while winning the best young rider classification.

Results Changed Due To Crash
Dillier was sixth in the 180.6-kilometer final stage that race winner Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) won ahead of Yves Lampaert (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing). In the final standings, he finished 33 seconds behind Meersman and three seconds behind runner-up Juan José Lobato (Movistar Team). Lobato was initially announced as having placed third overall – and awarded that position in the podium ceremony after the race. But the results were later amended to assign the top 40 finishers the same finish time due to a crash in the final kilometer. "Tactically, we rode a good race and I am proud of what we did with just six riders," Dillier said. "I tried everything to win the overall on the last climb. But Quick Step was really strong for the whole week."

Strong, United Team Effort
In his first professional season, Dillier has notched nine top-five results – including third, third and fourth at Wallonie on Stages 2, 3 and 4, respectively. His third-place finish is also his best in a stage race. "He did a very strong race and I am happy with his race and with the performance by the whole team," BMC Racing Team Sport Director Valerio Piva said. "To finish on the podium is a very good result and Silvan is a young talent. It was a very hard race today, so this is a very good result." The BMC Racing Team had planned to field a seven-rider roster, but past world road champion Philippe Gilbert did not start due to illness. And teammate Greg Van Avermaet's participation in the Tour de France prevented him from defending titles won here in 2013 and 2011. Despite those obstacles, Piva said the team performed to its potential. "The whole week, I saw a very strong team, united every day and supporting the leader," he said.

Listen to complete comments from Dillier and Piva on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.

See photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.