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Silvan Dillier (seen here during the Tour of Alberta) went on the attack Thursday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Silvan Dillier (seen here during the Tour of Alberta) went on the attack Thursday. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour de l'Eurométropole, Stage 1: On The Attack

3. October 2013

Several BMC Racing Team riders went on the attack during Thursday's opening stage of the Tour de l'Eurométropole. But the efforts by Silvan Dillier and Sebastian Lander ultimately did not yield a top result.

Technical Finish
Dillier and Lander were both in breakaway moves before a five-man escape finally stuck 50 kilometers into the 194.8-km race. When the last of that group was brought back inside of 20 km to go, Dillier went on the attack again. "It was a bit of a suicidal move, but at least he tried," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said. Sciandri said the technical sprint ultimately caught out a lot of the true sprinters, including the BMC Racing Team's designated sprinter, Klaas Lodewyck. "The guys lined it out for Klaas, but he got boxed in," Sciandri said. "It was a downhill sprint: you passed the one kilometer mark, then went left on a roundabout, then had another left hand corner. So it was a bit of a kamikaze sprint. It was a case of who had the most guts." Jens Debusschere (Lotto Belisol) took the win ahead of Nikolas Maes (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Kenneth Vanbilsen (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise).