Big Day of Racing for BMC Racing Team5. March 2016, Siena (ITA) / Harelbeke (BEL) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team lined up twice today, at the one-day Strade Bianche in Italy and for Stage 1 of Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen.
Sixth for Van Avermaet at Strade Bianche
Greg Van Avermaet has crossed the line in sixth place at the tenth edition of Strade Bianche, in what was an epic battle won by three-time winner Fabian Cancellara (Trek Segafredo).
There were multiple attacks throughout that day, including a five rider breakaway featuring Brent Bookwalter that escaped with 76km to go. Bookwalter put in a stellar effort to be reeled back with only 25km remaining.
In the end it was a wining move by Cancellara, Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Gianluca Brambilla (Ettix Quick-Step) and Zdenek Stybar (Ettix Quick-Step) with 20km to go that led Cancellara to his third victory at the one-day race.
Van Avermaet said it was a tough day in the saddle.
“It was a hard race and I like this kind of racing. I think we did a pretty good job and we had Brent in the break. We put ourselves in a good position but when they went I was maybe a little bit too far behind and couldn’t make it back to the front. I tried a few times and was always close but could never quite get there.”
“It was good training for the other Classics and for Tirreno-Adriatico, which I’m looking forward to with the team time trial and a few good stages for me, as well as the GC for Tejay van Garderen.”
Bohli Retains Yellow Jersey
It was a relatively quiet start to stage 1 of Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen until an eight rider breakaway attacked with 100km to go.
The breakaway was caught at the last minute with 1km to go, making way for a bunch sprint won by Dylan Groenewegen (LottoNL Jumbo).
Tom Bohli finished in the bunch to hold onto his yellow jersey going into the final stage tomorrow.
"It was really fast and chaotic out there today. We wanted to control the race and let a breakaway go away but even from the beginning everyone was attacking. The team did a great job to keep me out of trouble, especially considering we are only six riders including myself," Bohli said after the stage.
"I'm confident going into the final stage tomorrow. My shape is good and I think I can stay in the front group going over the hill and protect the yellow jersey. A stage like that is always difficult to predict but we'll see what happens."
Stage 2 tomorrow sees the peloton ride 182,7km from Nieuwpoort to Ichtegem.
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