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Podium Finishes in Switzerland and Belgium

22. May 2016, Soumagne (BEL)/Hagendorn (SUI) — Development Team

Fabian Lienhard wins Cham - Hagendorn in Switzerland © BMC/Jens Blatter

The BMC Development Team stood on top of the podium on two occasions today, including a victorious solo effort from Fabian Lienhard at Cham - Hagendorn in Switzerland.

Racing on home soil, Lienhard attacked from inside the breakaway group and rode solo over the final 2 kilometers to take the win, 5 seconds ahead of the next placed rider.

Meanwhile in Belgium, Pascal Eenkhoorn continued his run of strong finishes at Triptyque Ardennais to cross the line in 14th place, behind Stage 4 winner Kevin Deltombe (Lotto Soudal U23).

Eenkhoorn’s performances over the four day stage race saw him finish fourth on the General Classification, 27 seconds behind Elias Van Breussegem (Verandas Willems Cycling Team), and also top the podium as the winner of the Youth Classification.

Quotes of the day

Cham - Hagendorn

Winner’s interview with Fabian Lienhard:

How are you feeling after you win today?

“Yesterday I was fourth, and today the win so I am feeling really good. Yesterday I was a little disappointed with fourth but today I had really good legs, not in the beginning but as the race continued I started to feel much stronger and was able to finish five seconds ahead of the winner from yesterday’s race so I am really happy to have won for myself and for the rest of the BMC Development Team.”

What was going through your mind when you attacked of the front of the break?

“With 4 laps to go, the group split and I was out in front with four riders. I knew that I didn't want it to go down to a sprint. [Enrico] Salvador who won yesterday was in my group, he is a strong sprinter and I knew it would have been hard to challenge for the win against him. So I went all in on a short climb, only around 200m, and I was able to stay out in front and get to the finish line first.”

Sport director, Jens Blatter said: “This was a fantastic race from the whole team today and I am really happy to win this race. Every rider did a fantastic job. There were so many attacks and we had 1 or 2 riders in every group. In the end Fabian was in the final break with 4 other riders and with around 2 kilometres to go he attacked and rode solo to take a strong victory.”

Triptyque Ardennais

Sport director, Klass Lodewyck said: “Today I was really happy with what the guys showed. We knew it was going to be a hard day but everyone tried hard to get into the break. We were all about Pascal today because he was in the mix on the GC and for a young rider like him, in his first year riding under 23, it’s a big thing to battle with all the GC guys on a hard parcours, so we protected him.”

“At the end, many moves went and on the second last lap to go TJ [Taylor Eisenhart] went full gas so the leader had to work hard with his team. At one point he was dropped but at the end it all came back together. The finish went down to a sprint with 25 riders and Pascal did a good job to finish fourth on GC and to win the final leader’s jersey in the Youth Classification. All in all, the guys did a really good job today and I am happy with how our race has gone.”

Pascal Eenkhoorn said: “I’m really tired right now after these hard days and today was definitely the hardest. I was feeling good during the stage and the team supported me really well! After racing in Berlin last week it was hard to go straight into another four day stage race but I feel like I have been in good form at this race, my legs have been feeling strong and I am happy with how I have done here.”

Race profile

Cham - Hagendorn

One day race / 148.8km

Top 3: 1. Fabian Lienhard (BMC Development Team) 2. Enrico Salvador (Unieuro-Wilier Trevigiani) 3. Christofer Jurado Lopez (CMC)

BMC Development Team Top 3:

1. Fabian Lienhard

8. Lukas Spengler

12. Martin Schäppi

Triptyque Ardennais (UCI 2.12)

Stage 4: Soumagne > Soumagne, 156.8km

Top 3: 1. Kevin Deltombe (Lotto - Soudal U23) 2. Brecht Dhaene (Verandas Willems) 3. Lawrence Naesen (Cibel - Cebon)

BMC Development Team Top 3:

14. Pascal Eenkhoorn

18. Bas Tietema

43. Taylor Eisenhart

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