EuroEyes Cyclassics Ends in Chaotic Sprint Finish21. August 2016, Hamburg (GER) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team’s Alessandro De Marchi spent the day in the breakaway before today’s EuroEyes Cyclassics came down to a chaotic and crash-marred bunch sprint which was won by Caleb Ewan (ORICA-BikeExchange).
De Marchi was part of a six-rider breakaway that led for most of that day after extending an early advantage of six minutes over the peloton.
Heading into the final 40 kilometers of the race, the previously predicted bunch sprint looked to be under threat as the breakaway were still holding a solid lead over the peloton.
The race eventually came down to the wire with De Marchi and the remaining breakaway riders caught as the peloton headed onto the final 500 meter finishing straight.
Almost immediately after the race came back together, a crash on the right hand side of the road saw the rhythm of the sprint disrupted with Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) the first rider to cross the line before he was disqualified and the race victory was awarded to Ewan.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Alessandro De Marchi said:
“It was a little bit strange today as I was trying to do something but I didn’t really have an exact idea of what to do in the finale. I was just trying to seize the day really.”
“In the last 40 kilometers I knew that we had a really small chance to go all the way so I tried to keep all 4 of us left in the breakaway together as I knew it would be impossible to stay out in front alone and then I was waiting for the best moment to try and make a move and I was really feeling ready to do that and to be alone on the finish line but the bunch was just too fast.”
“I came into this race feeling ready after Tour du Limousin. I have been feeling good for a few months and today was a chance to play and we did that. I’m happy with how I rode today because in the last two months I have shown every time that I am ready to work for the team when called on.”
Sports Director, Fabio Baldato said:
“The performance from De Marchi today was incredible. The plan this morning was to try and go with a group of around seven or eight riders but Alessandro is so strong that we thought why not try it with this move. He did a great race and a great performance. The sprinters’ teams behind had to work really hard to bring them back and with five kilometers to go I thought they could maybe go all the way but the peloton gave everything they could to catch them."
"The rest of the team did a good job trying to cover the break and stay at the front to slow down the chase but also show that all the team was up there. The finish was definitely dangerous with the rain and sprinters fighting for positions. Rick Zabel and Daniel Oss were stuck behind a crash on the last ascent of the Waseberg which was a shame but we came into this race looking to be competitive and we did that so I am happy.”
One-day race / 217.7km
Top 3: 1. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-BikeExchange) 2. John Degenkolb (Team Giant - Alpecin) 3. Giacomo (Trek - Segafredo)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 12. Daniel Oss 25. Peter Velits 26 Alessandro De Marchi