Sivakov Holds onto Olympia's Tour Lead After Windswept Stage 430. September 2016, Zutphen (NED) — Development Team
The weather played a crucial factor on Olympia's Tour Stage 4 with crosswinds splitting the peloton and forcing a reduced bunch sprint as Pavel Sivakov finished in the front group to hold onto his overall lead in the Netherlands.
After riding out at the front of the race for the early part of the stage, a three-rider breakaway was quickly reeled in as strong crosswinds saw the peloton spread out across the road and riders battling for positions at the front of the race.
With the peloton eventually settling in two parts, the stage came down to a reduced bunch sprint for the line with Kristoffer Halvorsen (National Team Norway) the fastest on the day ahead of Fabio Jakobsen (SEG Racing Academy) and Jan Willem van Schip (Regional South-East).
BMC Development Team showed strong teamwork over the whole stage, helping to control the early breakaway, and deliver Sivakov safely across the line in front group to maintain his lead on the General Classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
"Today was another hectic day, especially at the end as there was lots of wind. I lost three seconds so I am only leading by 2 seconds now. The next two stages will be crucial for the GC but I think that I can be competitive over the parcours. The guys did another really good job today again and we will see how things go tomorrow but I hope to keep the jersey all the way to the end."
"We still have the leader's jersey with only two seconds but for us it is not a bad situation to be in. There was a break going early in the stage and we kept it to within three minutes but then with the cross winds everything came back together. We lost some seconds again in the bonus sprint but for us it is not a problem as we are still leading the peloton and we saw today that all the guys are still riding really good and we are definitely still feeling confident."
Stage 4: Zutphen - Zutphen, 136.4km
Top 3: 1. Kristoffer Halvorsen (National Team Norway) 2. Fabio Jakobsen (~SEG Racing Academy) 3. Jan Willem van Schip (Regional South-East)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 15. Lukas Spengler 26. Pavel Sivakov 57. Pascal Eenkhoorn
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC: 1. Pavel Sivakov 8. Lukas Spengler 23. Pascal Eenkhoorn