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Swiss national road champion Michael Schär has been riding in service of his teammates this week. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Swiss national road champion Michael Schär has been riding in service of his teammates this week. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Tour de Suisse, Stage 4: Bunch Sprint

17. June 2014

A bunch sprint capped Tuesday's stage of the Tour de Suisse as Silvan Dillier was the BMC Racing Team's best rider in 13th place.

The Course:
Spanning 160.4 kilometers from Heiden to Ossingen, the route was undulating throughout but only included two Category 4 climbs, both on a finishing circuit.

The Day's Breakaway:
Laurens De Vreese (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Daniel Teklehaimanot (MTN-Qhubeka) composed the day's breakaway. But the pair was never allowed more than a three-and-a-half minute lead and was reeled in with 13 km to go.

The Finish:
British national road champion Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took the win ahead of Juan José Lobato (Movistar Team) and Stage 3 winner Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling).

The Overall Standings:
Cavendish's teammate, world time trial champion Tony Martin, kept the overall lead six seconds ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Shimano). Sagan is third, 10 seconds back. Cadel Evans is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider overall in 26th, 51 seconds back.

What Dillier Said:
"It was a really hectic final. There were a lot of sprinters who tried and we also tried. I had good support of Marcus Burghardt and Michael Schär and Danilo Wyss were also there to help me. But I lost their wheels with four kilometers to go so I tried to follow the other sprinters. I was in a pretty good place, but I had to fight really hard to stay in position. Tomorrow is another opportunity for the sprinters so I think we will try again."

What Sport Director Fabio Baldato Said:
"It was not a really dangerous day, but always nervous. The plan was to protect Cadel and get Silvan in a good position for the sprint. The finish was not easy – technical and with a headwind. Burghardt did a good job to keep Silvan on the wheel of the sprinters and Silvan tried. It was not easy to be there."

Listen to complete comments from Baldato and Dillier on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.See photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team Flickr gallery.Watch videos of the race on the BMC Racing Team's YouTube channel.