Olympia’s Tour Stage 3: Sivakov Maintains GC Lead29. September 2016, Gendringen (NED) — Development Team
Riders tackled a tricky split stage on day three of Olympia’s Tour with top ten finishes for BMC Development Team in both the time trial and road race as Pavel Sivakov secured himself another day in yellow as leader of the General Classification in the Netherlands.
Stage 3 started with a 15.3km individual time trial which tested the legs of all the riders as they rode against the clock to post the fastest time at the top of the finishing climb.
Nathan Van Hooydonck was the top-placed rider for BMC Development Team as he posted a time of 20 minutes 40 seconds to finish sixth with Pascal Eenkhoorn just one second behind him in seventh place.
Sivakov was the last rider to roll off the ramp and crossed the line in 15th place to hold on to his leader’s jersey going into part two.
With the time trial complete, BMC Development Team shifted their focus to the day’s 131,5km road race.
A fast pace was set by the peloton as soon as the flag was dropped with riders battling for positions at the front of the race to avoid being caught out by any breaks in the bunch.
As a result of this speed, a breakaway struggled to form and only after 80km of racing was a group of three riders able to go clear but their advantage didn't last for long. The peloton was quickly back together and with 15km to go it looked certain that the race was heading towards a bunch sprint for the win in Gendringen.
Eventually it was Kristoffer Halvorsen (National Team Norway) who proved to be the fastest on the day with Bram Welten able to negotiate his way through the field after the the final corner to take fifth place on the line.
After both parts of Stage 3, Sivakov maintains his lead on the General Classification going into Stage 4 with Lukas Spengler joining him in the top ten, 1 minute 23 seconds back in eighth position.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“We knew there was a big chance for a sprint on the second part of today’s stage but we also though that if the wind was blowing hard the race could really open up on some of the exposed parts of the parcours. In the end the wind wasn’t strong enough to force echelons to form but the stage was still really hectic as everyone was fighting for positions up at the front.”
“At the end we had one local lap to cover and it was really hectic in the last 3km. I was in the final sprint on my own and was sitting in tenth on the final corner but was able to come through and start the sprint in a good position before finishing fifth”
“Even after yesterday’s crash I was feeling a good condition before the stage and I knew I was good to sprint. Thankfully I started really early in the TT which was helpful for me as it gave me a good amount of time to recover.”
“Today went pretty well for me. I had a really good start in the TT and I felt pretty strong but then I was a bit smashed by the time I reached the last climb and lost a few seconds there. This afternoon the team did a really good job and everyone worked really hard so I need to thank them for that. I finished with the bunch and although I lost a little time to bonus seconds I think that the next three days will be really important and the final GC will definitely be made on these day so we will see what happens.”
Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck:
“The guys did a lot of work over both parts of Stage 3. We are still in the lead and although we lost some time on bonus seconds, we aren’t too worried about fighting for those at the moment as the last day will really be the decider for the GC. The guys gave the support to Pavel and did what they had to do this afternoon. I am really happy with what they did and the teamwork they showed. In the TT we had two guys in top ten and Pavel did a good ride to finish 15th and I am really happy with what the guys showed all day. Tomorrow is another 140km stage and we are expecting it to be pretty windy so we will now look towards our recovery for that and keep looking for opportunities.”
Stage 3a: Heerenberg - Elten, TT, 15.3km
Top 3: 1. Miles Scotson (Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy) 2. Geoffrey Curran (USA Cycling U23 Men) 3. Mads Pedersen (National Team Denmark)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 6. Nathan Van Hooydonck 7. Pascal Eenkhoorn 15. Pavel Sivakov
Stage 3b: Ulft - Gendringen, 131.5km
Top 3: 1. Kristoffer Halvorsen (National Team Norway) 2. Chris Latham (Great Britain Cycling Team) 3. Jérémy Lecroq (Klein Constantia Cycling Team)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 4. Bram Welten 20. Lukas Spengler 40. Pavel Sivakov
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC after Stage 3 (a + b): 1. Pavel Sivakov 8. Lukas Spengler 24. Pascal Eenkhoorn