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Near the finish, Marcus Burghardt (left) helped Silvan Dillier move to the front for the expected bunch sprint. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Near the finish, Marcus Burghardt (left) helped Silvan Dillier move to the front for the expected bunch sprint. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Tour de Suisse, Stage 5: Dillier Caught In Crash

18. June 2014

BMC Racing Team's Silvan Dillier was one of several riders involved in a crash near the finish line Wednesday at the Tour de Suisse.

'I Could Not Avoid It'
Dillier catapulted over his BMC impec after colliding with other riders who fell ahead of him as the peloton made a 90-degree right turn inside the final 500 meters of the 183.6-kilometer race. "I could not avoid it," Dillier said. "I hit the ground and then it was over. I am pretty OK. I was a little bit like a stunt man. My back hurts a little bit, but otherwise I am fine." BMC Racing Team Sport Director Fabio Baldato said it was a shame the crash derailed Dillier's chances. "Danilo Wyss and Marcus Burghardt really helped Silvan in the final and he was in good position – on the wheel of Mark Cavendish – when Matthew Goss collided with Cavendish," Baldato said. "Without the crash, for sure we have a top 10 finish – maybe even top five." Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) took the win ahead of Stage 3 winner Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) and John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Shimano) was third. Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) retained the overall lead by six seconds over Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Shimano). Cadel Evans finished 39th and remains the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider overall in 26th place, 51 seconds off the lead.

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.