Bohli Delivers His First Pro Win4. March 2016, Middelkerke (BEL) — Road Team
Tom Bohli has made race history at Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, smashing the opening 7km time trial to cross the line with 7’50, the fastest time ever recorded.
Bohli set the time to beat with more than half of the riders still to race, but no one came close to his record-breaking time. Martijn Keizer (LottoNL Jumbo) took second place with 7’56, and Lucasz Wizniowski (Etixx-Quick-Step) in third with 8’00.
It is Bohli’s first win with BMC Racing Team since making the transition from BMC Development Team for the 2016 season.
“It’s a really amazing feeling to get my first win as a pro. I really didn’t know if I could make it but to get it, it’s a really good feeling,” Bohli said afterwards.
“It gives me confidence early in the season. I didn’t get the chance to test my time trial form in Qatar due to my crash, so I’m so happy to come out now and do well. We have a really strong team here and different cards to play for the next two stages.”
BMC Racing Team Sports Director Jackson Stewart said the team will focus on keeping Bohli in the leader’s jersey.
“It was a great ride from Tom, who was always going in with a good shot. We arrived early this morning as well to give the guys a good chance to recon the course. Our focus going into tomorrow and Sunday’s stages will be to defend the jersey and limit any time bonuses,” Stewart said.
Bohli now leads the General Classification and the Young Rider Classification going into stage 1 tomorrow, 176,3km from Brugge to Harelbeke.
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