Silvan Dillier: I didn't think I would be in this position at Route du Sud
Jun 18 2017 03:31 am CET

Silvan Dillier: I didn't think I would be in this position at Route du Sud
Silvan Dillier: I didn't think I would be in this position at Route du Sud
Photo of Silvan Dillier © Tim De Waele/TDWsport.com

Silvan Dillier of BMC Racing Team was the star of the day's surprise at the Route du Sud. The rider was part of the breakaway and after a strong performance managed to seize the leader's jersey.

At the end of the stage, the Swiss rider moved to the first place of the General Classification, a result that surprised even himself. "If somebody had told me before the race that I would be going for the General Classification at Route du Sud, I would have told them that they were crazy," said the rider. "But now it is happening.

"The first objective was to make the breakaway today to get some bonus seconds and points for the sprint jersey, and then I took it climb by climb to see where I ended up at the top and how much I could get back on the descents. All of a sudden, I was in a position to take the leader's jersey and I took it by one second."

The rider is confident about his work and his team ahead of the last stage of the French race. "It's a flat stage tomorrow so it's one for the sprinters. So, I think the only way Carapaz can take the jersey from me is with bonus seconds. You also have to pay attention to splits at the finish line. But, I think we have a good team to defend the jersey. I didn't think I would be in this position at Route du Sud," Dillier commented.




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