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Busy Day of Racing for BMC Development Team

19. June 2016, Cluses (FRA)/Charleroi (BEL) — Development Team

Kilian Frankiny is helped back to the peloton at Tour de Pays des Savoie after a flat tyre. © BMC/Scott Nydam

BMC Development Team were in action on two occasions today with squads lining up for the fifth and final stage of Tour de Pays des Savoie and at the one-day race, Circuit de Wallonie.

It was a tough final stage at Tour de Pays des Savoie, with riders tackling four categorized climbs including the Col de la Colombiere.

Talyor Eisenhart was part of the day’s early breakaway before helping set up Kilian Frankiny for a final battle for positions on the General Classiciation.

Frankiny put in a strong final effort on the sloped of the final climb, the Col de Romme, to finish 12th on the stage and move up to sixth overall, behind race winner Enric Mas (Klein Constantia)

Meanwhile at Circuit de Wallonie, after lots of attacks off the front of the peloton, Nathan Van Hooydonck and Mario Spengler were able to make a move into the day’s breakaway.

The group was riding well together but confusion soon followed when the race was quickly cut short, finishing after only 138 out of 182 kilometers. Spengler and Van Hooydonck reacted well to the last minute change with Van Hooydonck able to sprint for fourth place, behind winner, Kevin Lalouette (EC Raismes-Petite-Forêt)

Quotes of the Day

Tour des Pays de Savoie

Sport Director, Jens Blatter said: “It was really a hard stage today with four long, steep and high climbs. TJ [Taylor Eisenhart] was in the first breakaway and then did a fantastic job to help Frankiny.”

“Frankiny missed out the early breakaway which went on to win the stage but focusing on GC, he was in a group with some of his closest rivals and was able to attack with 10 kilometers to go and move up into sixth on the GC. This is a really good result in such a hard climbing area like the Savoie. We had a bit of bad luck with illness and injury in the team but everybody gave their best.”

Kilian Frankiny said: “The beginning of the stage was fast but as soon as the breakaway went away the pace slowed down which I was thankful for as I got a flat tyre and was able to come back to be bunch easily. There was a lot of action on the first climb of the day and that split the whole bunch. There was around nine guys in the front group and then I was behind them in a group of ten.”

“TJ was in the early breakaway and then when we caught him, he did a great job helping me as much as he could. On the next climb I felt better but it got really tough on the third and fourth climbs, I was willing the end of the climb to come soon. After the last 4.7km climb I gave it full gas on the descent and was able to win two places on the GC to finish sixth.”

“It’s definitely a big confidence boost to finish sixth after four hard days and I am happy with how I did as I wasn’t sure I could have done that coming into this race.”

Circuit de Wallonie

Sport Director, Klaas Lodewyck said: “It was quite a confusing day of racing for everyone including a longer than expected neutralised start due to safety concerns about the number of people able to monitor traffic and road closures.”

“After 75 kilometers of racing, Nathan and Mario were part of a 15-rider breakaway which was a really good move for us but we were then suddenly told that the race would finish after the first crossing over the finish line rather than doing the local laps.”

“I was confident that we could win today as Nathan has been in super shape recently and was looking really good in the breakaway. There was then further confusion at the finish with riders being told that there was 7 kilometers to go followed by a 1km to go marker after only 200 meters difference. At this point with three riders off the front of the breakaway, Nathan sprinted full gas to finish right on the wheel of the third place rider. It was not a bad day for us but it is a pity for the guys that they could not race the full course.”

Nathan Van Hooydonck said: “Today’s race started pretty weird with a really long neutral zone where we didn’t really know what was going on but as soon as the race we were in every important move”

“At 75 kilometers into the race, I went into the break with Mario and 14 other riders. We were able to stay in front but then they cancelled the local laps and there was a bit of confusion around the finish.”

“I was feeling in good form and it’s a pity that they had to cancel the last part of the race but I am happy with fourth place. My legs felt good and I think that I am in the best shape I have been in all season.”

Race Profile

Tour de Pays des Savoie (UCI 2.2)

Stage 5: Moutiers - Cluses, 130km

Top 3: 1. Tao Geoghegan Hart (Axeon Hagens Berman) 2. Enric Mas (Klein Constantia) 3. Ben O’Connor (Avanti Cycling Team)

BMC Development Team Top 3:

12. Kilian Frankiny

40. Martin Schäppi

41. Taylor Eisenhart

Circuit de Wallonie (UCI 1.1)

One day race / 182km

Top 3: 1. Kevin Lalouette (EC Raismes-Petite-Forêt) 2. Gianni Marchand (CIbel-Cebon) 3. Olivier Chevalier (Team Wallonie-Bruxelles)

BMC Development Team Top 3:

4. Nathan Van Hooydonck

14. Mario Spengler

16. Bas Tietema

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