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"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," Dillier says

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17.06.2014 @ 19:41 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Silvan Dillier got a chance to test himself against the world's best sprinters in today's fourth stage of the Tour de Suisse. In the very hard fight, the youngster managed to get into a good position and made it to the finish in 13th.

 

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. 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.


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.

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).

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.

"It was a really hectic final," Dillier said. "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."

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