Double Celebrations for BMC Development Team in Belgium28. August 2016, Soumagne (BEL) — Development Team
BMC Development Team’s Pascal Eenkhoorn and Bas Tietema both stood on the podium in Belgium today after finishing first and third respectively at the one-day race GP La Magne.
Eenkhoorn and Tietema were part of the day’s only breakaway and alongside a third rider were able to stay out in front for five out of the nine local 16.9 kilometer laps.
The group were working well together and eventually, with only three kilometers to go, Eenkhoorn launched his winning attack with Tietema locked in a battle behind him for the remaining two places on the podium.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Pascal Eenkhoorn said:
“I feel great! It’s really amazing to take victory here and it is my first of the year so that is also a nice feeling. There were nine laps in total today and after only four, I went alongside Bas and we were able to hang on with one other guy and together we worked really well. There were two climbs each lap and I did a lot of work on those but in total we all worked really hard. We made it really difficult for the bunch to come back as we never hesitated, we kept working hard.”
“On the last lap we knew that we were going to be able to stay out in front and I felt like I was perhaps the strongest guy in the breakaway and with two riders from BMC Development team the other guy knew we would try something on the last lap. I attacked on the last climb with three kilometers to go and before I knew it, I had won. I have been training really hard the past few weeks as I have European Championships coming up so this has given me a lot of confidence going into that and for the rest of my season.”
Bas Tietema said:
“As we predicted it was a really hard race and after only a few laps there were lots of guys already dropped. On the fourth lap Pascal, myself and another rider went for it and made a move off the front of the bunch. Pascal was pushing lots of watts on the uphill and we were riding like a tandem. After a couple of laps out at the front we had a gap of almost three minutes. We were working really well together and in the final we made the decision that Pascal was the guy to win the race. He was strong and deserved this win.”
Sports Director, Jens Blatter said:
"I'm really happy with the riders and the result of this race. As I asked before the race, the guys kept a look out for breakaways and with around 90 kilometers to go there was the good breakaway with Eenkhoorn and Tietema and one other rider. They worked very well together and the gap was always around two minutes. The three guys were looking really strong and on the last lap we attacked a couple of times with Tietema and then Eenkhoorn made his winning attack with three kilometers to go.”
“Behind them, in the main bunch, our guys did a great job to neutralize all attacks. It was the perfect display of teamwork! I’m happy for both Eenkhoorn and Tietema and it was great to see them riding like that. They were on the offensive the whole day and that’s the way we make champions!"
GP La Magne
One-day race / 152.1km
Top 3: 1. Pascal Eenkhoorn (BMC Development Team) 2. Dan Gardner (Baguet-MIBA Poorten - Indulek) 3. Bas Tietema (BMC Development Team)