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Silvan Dillier – seen here cooling down after the stage – did not hold onto his best young rider jersey. (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)
Silvan Dillier – seen here cooling down after the stage – did not hold onto his best young rider jersey. (Photo by Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team.)

Tour de Wallonie, Stage 4: Dillier Into Third Overall

29. July 2014

Silvan Dillier of the BMC Racing Team sprinted to fourth place at the Tour de Wallonie Tuesday to move into third overall after the penultimate stage.

Another Perfect Lead Out
Tom Van Asbroeck (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise) won the 174.9-kilometer race ahead of overall leader Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Viachevslav Kuznetsov (Katusha Team). "Omega Pharma-Quick Step controlled the race today," Dillier said. "We concentrated on the sprint and watched the possible moves in the final kilometers." On the last climb of the Mur d'Amay, Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol) attacked and was followed by Zden?k Štybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Dillier. "It was perfect that Dillier reacted on the attack," BMC Racing Team Sport Director Valerio Piva said. "The rest of the team stayed in the group behind to help him for the sprint." Eventually the three were caught and the stage was decided for the fourth straight day in a massive sprint. "Martin (Kohler) and Thor (Hushovd) did another great lead out for me, but unfortunately I couldn't finish the good work from them," Dillier said. With one day to go, Dillier moves into third overall, 23 seconds off the lead. Piva is happy to see a good classification is still possible. "Tomorrow is the hardest stage with a final similar to Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Silvan is in a good shape and the team is supporting him, so we hope for a good result."

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.