Dennis Defends Eneco Tour Race Lead on Penultimate Stage24. September 2016, Lanaken (BEL) — Road Team
Rohan Dennis will line up at stage 7 of the Eneco Tour in the leader’s white jersey having successfully defended his overall lead on stage 6.
Dennis started the day with a 16-second lead over teammate Taylor Phinney and 24 seconds over Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and maintained his time advantages after the breakaway managed to hold the peloton off and take the surprise win.
The peloton let the six-rider breakaway go clear in the first hour of racing and then sat up to let their advantage stretch to four and a half minutes. As the breakaway’s advantage started to reduce the attacks started in the peloton and the pace picked up, but no riders were able to bridge to the break.
BMC Racing Team put on a brilliant display of teamwork by riding at the front and covering all of the attacks to defend Dennis’ lead.
Despite the peloton chasing hard in the last 10km of racing, the breakaway held on by five seconds on the finish line with Luka Pibernik (Lampre-Merida) taking the win.
BMC Racing Team continue to lead the team classification with a 23-second advantage of Team LottoNL-Jumbo.
Quotes of the Day
“It worked out perfectly for us. Ideally Chad Haga wasn’t in the break and we could have let them fully go but he took the bonus seconds and they stayed away so my biggest competitor Peter Sagan didn’t get any time so that was I think a perfect day for us. I’m confident for tomorrow because our team is very strong. Today you saw that no one wanted to help us at all. Tinkoff did a little bit of work but everyone was against us but we stood up and I couldn’t fault my teammates, they were exceptional today.”
“I think the weather is going to turn a little bit tomorrow, and anything can happen on wet cobbles. My legs are good, the team is good and it’s just luck that will be on our side. If we repeat what we did today, tomorrow then it will be perfect. Today we showed that we have the team to control it and look it would have been great to have someone else helping but maybe tomorrow someone will be more willing to help out and go for a sprint or they’ll want to try something on the Murr. So it might end up working out that we don’t have to do so much and we can save it for the finish.”
“It would be great if Greg Van Avermaet could win the stage tomorrow like he did in 2014 and if that’s the case then I’ll be right behind him because the team will be leading him out. For the GC it’s obviously 100% for me now but going for the stage with Greg would help me out anyway.”
Eneco Tour (2.UWT)
Stage 6 (197.2km)
Top 3: Luka Pibernik (Lampre-Merida), 2. Mark McNally (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), 3. Bert Van Lerberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 17. Greg Van Avermaet, 27. Rohan Dennis, 54. Manuel Quinziato
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 1. Rohan Dennis, 2. Taylor Phinney, 7. Manuel Quinziato
De Marchi Comes Close to Victory at Giro dell’Emilia
24 September, 2016, San Luca (ITA)
Alessandro De Marchi showed his form in a solid display of racing at the Giro dell’Emilia where he made the breakaway and came close to taking the win, caught just 2km before the line.
De Marchi was one of eight riders who eventually escaped after over an hour of racing and went on to build a decent lead of almost five minutes which the group maintained for much of the stage.
As the chase from the peloton heated up De Marchi broke away from the group with two other riders and forged on ahead on the five circuit laps. With two of the five laps remaining it was De Marchi and Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) who were the leading duo and held a 55-second advantage with one lap remaining.
A small group behind, with Darwin Atapuma and Ben Hermans, proved too strong and the race came back together with 2km to go. Estaban Chaves (Orica-BikeExhange) was the strongest on the day and edged out Romain Bardert (AG2R La Mondiale) and Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cyclign Team) for the win.
BMC Racing Team continues the one-day races in Italy with GP Bruno Beghelli on Sunday.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Alessandro De Marchi:
“Today at the start I was looking for some good feelings as I have not raced much lately. So it was good to get into the breakaway and when we reached the final 50km I started to think that there was a small chance to reach the final. I’m quite happy with my ride, but it’s already the second race this year that I’ve been really close to winning, so I’m also disappointed as I need something to give me some sense of this season personally.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“The plan today for the 99th edition of the Giro dell’Emilia was keep an eye on early breakaways of bigger groups, not just three riders, and we had a couple of guys on the lookout. Manuel Senni jumped in our but was caught and finally after around 55-60km of racing a group of eight riders went with Alessandro De Marchi. There were some good guys in there so it was a perfect move. The gap went up to around five, five and a half minutes but there were a lot of teams chasing. Then we got to the final circuit of fives laps, a tough circuit with an uphill finish and up to 18 percent in some points.”
“On the last two laps it was just De Marchi and Latour ahead but they got caught on the last 2.2km climb up to the finish. In the group that caught them we had Darwin Atapuma and Ben Hermans but they weren’t able to make it in to the top ten. I’m still pretty happy with the race and it is good to get that race out of the way and look to the next one-day races in the coming days.”
Giro dell’Emilia (1.HC) 213km
Top 3: 1. Estaban Chaves (Orica-BikeExhange), 2. Romain Bardert (AG2R La Mondiale), 3. Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cyclign Team).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 20. Ben Hermans, 25. Darwin Atapuma, 39. Philippe Gilbert.
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