BMC Racing Team on the Attack at Tour of Utah5. August 2016, Bountiful, Utah (USA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team continued to show their strength and depth, launching attack after attack on Stage 5 of the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah before Joey Rosskopf and Dylan Teuns sprinted to the line for sixth and seventh place respectively
Tom Bohli was part of an early breakaway of ten riders that was able to establish a lead over the peloton after only ten kilometers of racing and gained a maximum advantage of over five minutes.
The large group were working well together over most of the day but as soon as they reached the first ascent of Bountiful Bench, attacks came from inside the breakaway and the group was quickly spread out along the road.
The race quickly came back together but the status quo didn’t last long with lots of attacks from the reduced peloton over the final finishing circuits into Bountiful.
Taylor Eisenhart and Tom Bohli were the first riders to make a move off the front of the main GC group followed by further explosive attacks from Dylan Teuns, Darwin Atapuma and Joey Rosskopf.
Eventually the main bunch headed into the final five kilometers together and BMC Racing Team remained active at the front of the race with Rosskopf launching an early sprint before Kiel Reijnen (Trek - Segafredo) took victory on the line.
Heading into tomorrow’s queen stage, Rosskopf, Atapuma and Eisenhart remain in the top ten on the General Classification while, BMC Racing Team lead the Team Classification by over four minutes.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Sports Director, Jackson Stewart:
“We thought it would be a good day for the breakaway and we didin’t expect Jelly Belly to chase as hard as they did which was unfortunate a Bohli was looking strong today and had done a lot of working pulling at the front of the breakaway. When the bunch came back together, there were lots of GC attacks and we also started to attack and were really active in the final. TJ [Taylor] and Dylan both put in strong efforts and both Joey and Darwin were in dangerous. Joey then tried to light it up in the sprint but unfortunately we didn’t get the result we wanted.”
“We’ve come here with a great group of guys in strong form and while they might not be the biggest names but they are extremely good riders and have spent time acclimating and put a lot of effort in. They're hungry and want to race, which is good to see, but we obviously also want to get the results to back that up.”
“It was great for us to have Tom in the break today. It meant that when we got to the hard finishing circuit TJ could bridge the gap and having a rider like Tom up there to help drive the race was really valuable and he was able to put a lot of pressure on the other GC teams. When the race came back together we super active and we definitely showed that we are one of the deepest teams in the race.”
“I didn’t time the sprint well to day as I was too far forward too early. It was another hectic finish. It’s been like that all week really as no team has a full squad of guys to control but it does allow for good opportunistic racing and gives us lots of chances to attack. Everyone has been doing really well this week especially Tom and Fabian who haven't been at altitude for two long. I definitely couldn’t have been riding as well as I have been here without a few weeks training to adapt to the altitude. They are getting better every day though and it is encourage for us all as they have been a huge support. The biggest GC days are coming up this weekend so we will see what happens when we get there.”
Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah
Stage 5: Antelope Island State Park - Bountiful, 182.6km
Top 3: 1. Kiel Reijnen (Trek - Segafredo) 2. Tao Hart Geoghegan (Axeon Hagens Berman) 3. Alex Howes (Cannondale - Drapac)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 6. Joey Rosskopy 7. Dyland Teuns 14. Taylor Eisenhart
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 4. Joey Rosskopf 5. Darwin Atapuma 7. Taylor Eisenhart
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