Eneco Tour Gets Underway with Bunch Sprint in Bolsward19. September 2016, Bolsward (NED) — Road Team
Stage 1 of the Eneco Tour saw an expected bunch sprint play out in Bolsward after a nervous opening day of racing which saw all of BMC Racing Team’s riders cross the line safely.
The 184.7km stage which started and finished in Bolsward was a chance to test the legs ahead of the next six stages which play an important role in determining the General Classification.
A 5-rider breakaway went clear in the opening hour of racing and established a 3-minute advantage before the peloton picked up the pace to bring the group back.
A nervous last hour of racing saw multiple crashes and a fast finish to make the catch just 3km before the line.
Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) took the win ahead of Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).
Quotes from the Finish Line:
Greg Van Avermaet: It was a hectic and nervous day. We just tried to stay safe and not lose any seconds which is what happened so that’s good. Everybody stayed around Rohan and I. We were a little bit towards the back but this was the most-safe speed and place for us today.”
Stefan Küng: “It was good to be back out there in the peloton after my crash. Although it’s been three months since I last raced it didn’t feel like that as soon as I was out there. It was quite an easy day for us in the peloton in the lead up to the bunch sprint.”
Fabio Baldato, Sports Director: “Today went exactly as planned for us. We were never going to contest the sprint so it was all about crossing the line safely, which we did. I was really nervous watching that final kilometer as it was a hectic sprint. The real race starts tomorrow with the individual time trial. It was a good chance for the guys to warm their legs up today and now we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”
Eneco Tour (2.UWT)
Stage 1: Bolsward > Bolsward (184.7km)
Top 3: 1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL-Jumbo), 2. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis), 3. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 62. Stefan Küng, 103. Taylor Phinney, 116. Greg Van Avermaet
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 64. Stefan Küng, 103. Taylor Phinney, 117. Greg Van Avermaet