Encouraging Start to Olympia’s Tour After Opening Team Time Trial27. September 2016, Hardenberg (NED) — Development Team
BMC Development Team made a promising start to their Olympia’s Tour campaign as they set the fifth fastest time over the opening 18.9km team time trial course.
The six-rider squad navigated the technical cobbled start with ease before settling into a rhythm and crossing the line in 21 minutes.
Sitting in third place as the final team rolled down the ramp, BMC Development Team eventually slipped into fifth place, 21 seconds behind stage winners USA Cycling U23 Men.
Reaction from the Finish Line
Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck:
“I don't think we can say we made any mistakes today. We did exactly what we had to do with a good recon in the morning, a good warm up and then the guys gave it their everything out on the road but in the end it just wasn’t our day and some of the other team were simply faster. It is still fairly close at the top and we can be positive with the fact that we didn't lose that much time and that everyone arrived safely. We are still in a good position and as we don’t have to defend the jersey tomorrow it means there is less pressure on us and so we can take the opportunities when they come.”
Nathan Van Hooydonck said:
“I think as a team we came into the race thinking we could win today because we all have that winner mentality but it wasn’t meant to be today and that’s cycling. We cannot blame anything as we did a good time trial and everyone was working really well. There is still a long way to go at this race and I think we can be competitive for both stages and on the GC. It is going to be a nice Olympia’s Tour for us.”
Stage 1: Hardenberg - Hardenberg, 18.9km
Top 3: 1. USA Cycling U23 Men 2. Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy 3. Rabobank Development Team 5. BMC Development Team