A Day for Learning in Belgium and Luxembourg8. May 2016, Herve (BEL)/Esch/Alzette (LUX) — Development Team
BMC Development Team were in action on two occasions today, at the classic one day race Flèche Ardennaise and for the final stage of the Flèche du Sud.
The final 20 kilometers in Belgium saw attack after attack and eventually a group 11 riders were able to pull away from the peloton. Jereon Meijers (Rabobank Development Team) proved to be the strongest sprinter of the bunch, winning the 181.9km race that started and finished in Herve.
Patrick Müller was the first BMC Development Team rider across the line, finishing in a group with teammates Kilian Frankinny and Pavel Sivakov.
Meanwhile in Luxembourg, a predicted bunch sprint saw Coen Vermeltfoort (Cyclingteam Join's - De Rijke) win the final stage of Flèche du Sud. BMC Development Team’s Fabian Lienhard pushed hard to be in the mix for the final battle in Esch-sur-Alzette and finished in 13th place on the GC.
Reaction from inside the race cars
Sport director, Jens Blatter said: “We are bit disappointed that we were not able to defend the victory at Flèche Ardennaise again. We got a second chance to go for the win with 30 kilometers to go but then another group of riders, including some of the race favourites, attacked and unfortunately at that point the race was over for us.
“All the team gave it everything today and we will now take some time to analyse what happened and how we can learn from today’s race.”
Flèche du Sud
Sport director, Klass Lodewyck said: “Today was a difficult day for us. We tried hard to put someone in the breakaway but it wasn’t meant to be.”
“When the gap to the breakaway reached it’s maximum, I gave the team the job of helping to close down the gap and they were able to do that. Everybody expended lots of energy but I wanted to show that if we have the chance to go for the win, especially when you aren’t fighting for GC, you have to take it with both hands.”
“We did everything we could to do this and I think the whole team understands and will learn from this lesson.”
Flèche Ardennaise (UCI 1.2)
One day race / 181.9km
Top 3: 1. Jereon Meijers (Rabobank Development Team) 2. Brecht Dehaene (Verandas Willems) 3. James Shaw (Lotto-Soudal U23)
Flèche du Sud (UCI 2.2)
Stage 5: Schifflange > Esch/Alzette, 136.5km
Top 3: 1. Coen Vermeltfoort (Cyclingteam Join's - De Rijke) 2. Thery Schir (EKZ Racing Team) 3. Mihkel Ralm (Cycling Academy Team)