Gerts Fourth At Japan Cup Road Race18. October 2015, Utsunomiya (JPN) — Road Team
Floris Gerts of the BMC Racing Team was fourth Sunday at the Japan Cup as a small group contested the win in the uphill sprint at the end of the 144.2-kilometer road race.
Bauke Mollema delivered Trek Factory Racing its second victory in two days ahead of Diego Ulissi (Lampre-Merida), Yukiya Arashiro (Team Europcar) and Gerts. Trek's Fumiyuki Beppu won Saturday's Japan Cup criterium.
"Floris did some big efforts to make the selection," BMC Racing Team Sport Director Jackson Stewart said. "In the end, he fought back in the last two kilometers to the leaders. He said he went too early in the sprint."
Past Swiss national road champion Michael Schär and Manuel Senni arrived in what was left of the peloton about two minutes later. Gerts's result was his second-best of the season after joining the BMC Racing Team as a stagiaire from the BMC Development Team.
The BMC Racing Team finishes the season with a team-record 33 wins, 31 runner-up finishes and 30 third-place results. This is the third consecutive season the team has reached the 30-win plateau.
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