Double Day of Racing for BMC Racing Team28. August 2016, Oviedo.Alto Del Naranco (ESP) / Plouay (FRA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team was in action twice today with two UCI WorldTour events playing out in France and Spain; the one-day Bretagne Classic – Ouest France and stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana.
First Grand Tour Top Ten for Teuns
Dylan Teuns recorded his first top ten result at a Grand Tour on stage 9 of the Vuelta a Espana, crossing the line in tenth place on the hilly stage, which featured five categorized climbs, and finished in Oviedo, the home town of Samuel Sanchez.
The breakaway enjoyed a five-minute advantage on the peloton with 30km remaining until the last climb when the main attacks from the breakaway played out, setting the stage for Davide De La Cruz (Etixx-QuickStep) to take the win and the red jersey.
Teuns battled it out in the chasing group and crossed the line in tenth place, just in front of the General Classification contenders’ group where Samuel Sanchez put a show on for his local fans by attacking in the last kilometer.
The shake up on the General Classification sees Darwin Atapuma sit in eighth place and Sanchez in tenth place with one stage left before the first rest day.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Dylan Teuns: “In the beginning it was quite hard to get in the breakaway but I had a good feeling. I had it in my mind before the start to get into the breakaway today because the profile looked nice for me so I wanted to be in it. I tried to recover as much as possible and not work more than the others. In the final it started to get nervous really early but I stayed calm. With 15km to go, two strong riders got 20 seconds and I knew from Samuel Sanchez, who knows the parcours very well, that there was a steep part in this climb, so I went across the to two leaders. I think it was a good try but afterwards the stronger guys came back as well. The final climb was much harder than I expected because the riders were all strong so I couldn’t make a gap anymore so I tried to finish as high as possible.”
Samuel Sanchez: “Today the stage was based on the breakaway which the peloton let go even if De La Cruz was two minutes’ away from the red jersey. The stage was really up and down and in the finale I had to try something, because tomorrow I’m pretty sure that I’m going to suffer. I hoped to gain a little gap but in the end I didn’t. The important thing tomorrow is to be up there on the mythical Covadonga climb. At the moment I’m up there on GC and I’m there with all of the best cyclists in the world. It was fantastic to ride today in Oviedo. It’s really a cycling city and there were so many people out watching the race, especially on the climb on both sides of the road.”
Vuelta a Espana
Stage 9: Cistierna > Oviedo.Alto Del Naranco (164.5km)
Top 3: Davide De La Cruz (Etixx-QuickStep), Dries Devenyns (IAM Cycling), Moreno Moser (Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Dylan Teuns, 14. Samuel Sanchez, 24. Darwin Atapuma
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 8. Darwin Atapuma, 10. Samuel Sanchez, 21. Ben Hermans
Late Battle in Brittany Seals Victory for the Breakaway
The wet and windy weather didn’t dampen any excitement out on the roads of Brittany as today’s Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France came down to a thrilling final chase on the home straight which saw late breakaway rider Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) clinch victory ahead of the main bunch.
With the early eight-rider breakaway caught, the action started to heat up over the final 50 kilometers of the race and the high speed being set at the front of the peloton saw a large group of riders go clear, including Daniel Oss.
Eventually four riders were left out in front before Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) and Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale - Drapac) battled it out for first and second place respectively just ahead of the charging peloton.
Loïc Vliegen was the first BMC Racing Team rider across the line, finishing in twelfth place after being part of the bunch sprint for third.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Greg Van Avermaet: “It was a really good feeling to be racing for the first time as Olympic champion with the golden bike and all the gadgets and to be honest I was feeling really good and was happy with my shape. It’s always difficult to make good results at Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France so when you have good legs going into the race it’s always a bit of a luxury.”
“I tried to make an attack on the last climbs and was able to get clear from the bunch but then they were able to come back and we ended up in a bunch sprint for third. For me, the new parcours was maybe not as difficult as previous years and I think maybe the smaller roads could have helped the breakaway in the end. Having a different parcours definitely changes things as perhaps we didn’t calculate it in the end as well as we could have.”
Fabio Baldato, Sports Director: “It wasn’t the result we wanted today but I think we can be pleased with the form everyone showed. When the early breakaway was caught there was a good move from Daniel Oss to cover the attacks as we knew that would put us into a good position for the final. Greg Van Avermaet was then part of a group that was able to join Oss and brought the main bunch back up to around twenty riders and it was at that point that the four riders went.”
“Our guys did a good job trying to control the group and also did some good attacks including a final one from Van Avermaet with five kilometers to go, but it just wasn't enough to bring the final two breakaway riders back. In the end Loïc Vliegen was part of the bunch sprint for third and was our first rider across the line, just outside the top ten.”
Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France
One-day race / 247km
Top 3: 1. Oliver Naesen (IAM Cycling) 2. Alberto Bettiol (Cannondale - Drapac) 3. Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 12. Loïc Vliegen, 45. Greg Van Avermaet, 72. Michael Schar
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