Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde Stage 2: Bunch Sprint30. March 2016, Koksijde (BEL) — Road Team
After an eight-rider breakaway went away for much of the stage, it was a bunch sprint won by Elia Viviani (Team Sky) that capped off Stage 2 of Driedaagse de Panne-Koksijde.
Loïc Vliegen has retained the King of the Mountains jersey and Rick Zabel is sitting in seventh place on the General Classification, 48 seconds behind race leader Alexander Kristoff (Katusha).
BMC Racing Team Sports Director Max Sciandri said it was a relatively calm stage for the team.
“Our priorities were to keep Rick Zabel and Stefan Küng out of trouble with a focus on the GC, and to keep Loïc Vliegen in the King of the Mountains jersey, which we managed to do,” Sciandri said.
The third and final day of Driedaagse de Panne-Koksijde is split into two stages, the first being a 111.5km race in the morning followed by a 14.2km Individual Time Trial in the afternoon.
“Our focus is very much on both stages tomorrow. We’ll look to be up there in the sprint in the first stage and then we have a couple of riders, especially Stefan Küng, who will look to give it a real go in the time trial. I think we will see some good results,” Sciandri confirmed.
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