Breakaways, Bunch Sprints and Bonus Seconds on Stage 311. June 2016, Laigneville (FRA) — Development Team
The final run in to Laigneville was anything but easy for riders on Ronde de l’Oise Stage 3 with the high pace splitting the peloton before a hotly contested bunch sprint saw Boris Vallée (Fortunéo - Vital Concept) take victory.
BMC Development Team’s Bas Tietema was part of the stage’s early breakaway however the peloton kept their advantage under control and they were eventually caught inside the final 90 kilometers of the race.
Attacks soon followed and three riders were able to distance themselves from the peloton. However It was not meant to be as the race ultimately came down to a final bunch sprint for the line.
Tietema took five bonus seconds on the day’s intermediate sprints, including winning the sprint at 60 kilometers. He now lies within touching distance of the top ten on the General Classification, 15 seconds behind Dries De Bondt in eleventh place.
Tietema also took the lead in the Combination Classification following his strong performance over today's 185.1km stage.
Fabian Lienhard crossed the line safely with the main bunch and sits eighth on the General Classification, 13 seconds behind de Bondt, heading into tomorrow’s final stage.
Fabian Lienhard also crossed the line safely with the main bunch and sits eighth on the General Classification, 13 seconds behind de Bondt, heading into tomorrow’s final stage.
Quotes of the Day
Sport director Klaas Lodewyck said: “We worked hard to make a move on the final two climbs of the day and the peloton split into four pieces but then everything came back together around 3 kilometers before the finish. Bas did a great job in the earlier breakaway but unfortunately the group was never given the space to extend a huge advantage. However, I was good to see Bas take five seconds bonus over the stage and moves up the rankings on the GC and with Fabian sitting in eighth place, it means we have a few more cards to play tomorrow.”
Bas Tietema said: “As with every other day, the start of the stage was pretty chaotic with attacks everywhere. It was really hard to know which was the right breakaway to go with but in the end, I was in the right group and we were able to extend a maximum advantage of two minutes but that was it. The pace of the peloton was high so we were never able to get a big advantage.”
“When I was in the breakaway I knew that there were two intermediate sprints and because everything is still close on the GC, I went for it and was able to take five bonus seconds and move up on the GC going into tomorrow’s stage. I know the local circuit that we are doing well, I think it will be a hard stage for everyone.”
“After a tough start to this season, breaking my collarbone, I have been riding well recently but I really feel that over the last five weeks I have started to feel much stronger and I am definitely back on the level that I want to be.”
Ronde de l’Oise (UCI 2.2)
Stage 3: Laigneville - Laigneville, 185.1km
Top 3: 1. Boris Vallée (Fortunéo - Vital Concept) 2. Nicola Genovese (D'Amico Bottecchia) 3. Alexis Bodiot (Armée de Terre)
BMC Development Team Top 3:
29. Bas Tietema
32. Bram Welten
39. Fabian Lienhard