Action-Packed Day of Racing for BMC Racing Team9. December 2016, Gent (BEL) / Livron (FRA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team took to the road in Belgium and France today for the one-day races, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in Belgium and La Drome Classic in France.
Van Avermaet In Front Again
After his win at Omloop Het Niuewsblad yesterday, Greg Van Avermaet had his eye on another victory in today’s 200km Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne.
Van Avermaet spent the day at the front and was part of small group who looked set to challenge for the win before a successful late attack by Jasper Stuyven (Trek Segafredo) in the final 30 kilometers saw him claim a solo win. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) and Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) battled it out in a sprint finish for the podium places.
Van Avermaet was happy with his form today.
“It was a hard day with a lot of wind but I think we did a pretty good race. I tried to do everything to go for another win and I was in a good group. We were six guys trying to chase Stuyven but in the end we couldn’t catch him. It is like it is and I’m pretty happy.”
Wyss’ Chances at La Drome Classic Ruined by Crash
The 200km race starting and finishing in Livron saw a four rider breakaway successfully attack after 25km of racing to eventually gain 4’30 on the peloton.
With 26km to go the breakaway was caught, immediately making way for attack after attack as the finish line drew closer.
BMC Racing Team Sports Director Yvon Ledanois said the plan was to support Danilo Wyss in a sprint finish.
“Danilo was perfectly positioned and the team had worked really well for him all day. With two kilometers to go he was involved in a crash with a motorbike, which ruined any chance of him going for the win.”
“Danilo is disappointed with the outcome, especially as this was a perfect race route for a rider of his strengths. Luckily he is ok and did not walk away with any injuries.”
Petr Vakoc (Etixx Quick-Step) took the win today, on top of his victory in yesterday’s Classic Sud-Ardeche.
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