Giro d’Italia Stage 17 – Another Breakaway for Oss25. May 2016, Cassano d’Adda — Road Team
Daniel Oss continued his run of breakaways at the Giro d’Italia, spending all but a couple of kilometers in the lead on Stage 17.
The original three-rider breakaway looked set to be caught by the approaching peloton, before three more riders bridged with 20 kilometers to go, strengthening the breakaway and holding the peloton at bay.
Just 1.4 kilometers before the line, the peloton made the catch and set the scene for a surprise attack by Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling), who took the win.
After taking both intermediate sprints on offer, Oss now sits in third place in the Points Classification, and leads the breakaway competition with a substantial lead.
Quotes of the Day
“The objective for today was in two parts. Firstly, to make the breakaway which was actually pretty easy, as the bunch was focused on the sprint finish so they were happy to let a breakaway go away. I also was thinking about the intermediate sprints and to get some points there, and of course we wanted to make it to the line.”
“When the three riders bridged, we started to think about making it. The next 5 kms we were riding full gas to keep going and stay away. The gap was growing so we thought maybe we could stay away. But then you also think about conserving yourself for the sprint, but still needing to ride hard to keep the breakaway away. So it was about finding a balance between the two. We had three guys pretty fresh, and three guys pretty tired. The bunch was just there on the last kilometer so we tried everything we could. In the end a sprinter didn’t win and the sprinters’ teams who were chasing were clearly tired. So this is also a good sign for tomorrow, that maybe a breakaway can go again.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“When the three riders bridged to Daniel’s breakaway that’s when we thought that maybe they could really make it to the line. Strong, fresh guys with fresh energy can make a lot of difference. We try and do what we can every day. The two realistic goals for Daniel were the sprints and the breakaway classification, and that’s something he has been targeting everyday. But when you do that, you’re in the front and it means that you put yourself in the position to go for the stage win.”
“We knew with three guys it would have been a tough ask, but a 6-rider breakaway is a different story. We knew that the sprinters’ teams were on the limit and a sprinter didn’t win. We had Stefan up there to try and launch an attack like what Kluge did but he wasn’t in the right position. We’ll try again tomorrow and see what we can do!”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 17 Molvena to Cassano d’Adda (196km)
Top 3: Roger Kluge (IAM Cycling, Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo), Nikias Arndt (Team Giant-Alpecin)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 16. Rick Zabel, 18. Stefan Küng, 55. Darwin Atapuma
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