Sivakov Moves into Overall Lead After Olympia's Tour Stage 228. September 2016, Assen (NED — Development Team
BMC Development Team's Pavel Sivakov stepped onto the podium as leader of the Olympia's Tour General Classification after spending a day in the breakaway and finishing second on Stage 2 in the Netherlands.
An early crash saw the peloton split into pieces along the road with 24 riders, including Sivakov and Lukas Spengler, eventually going clear at the front of the race.
The group quickly settled into a rhythm and had extended an advantage of over 4 minutes 30 seconds after 90km of racing. Eventually a leading group of 11 riders headed into the final 10km ready to battle it out for the stage win.
Attacks soon followed and with 3km to go Sivakov made his own move off the front of the group.
His burst of acceleration could only be matched by one local Dutch rider, Jan Willen van Schip (Regional South-East), who was eventually able to out sprint Sivakov to the line and take the stage win.
After his efforts on the day, Sivakov was rewarded with not one but three trips to the podium as he now leads the General Classification as well as the Young Rider and Combined classifications going into tomorrow's individual time trial.
Quotes from the Finish Line
"Today was a hard but good day! It was completely flat and a typical Dutch race with lots of echelons. Early into the stage there was a big crash which saw about half the bunch involved. Lukas and myself then went with a group of around 20 guys and it was this group that made it all the way to the finish. We knew early that this group would go really far into the race so it was about riding smart and making sure we were up there at the end."
"The final section was really fast with lots of attacks from the breakaway. I was waiting and waiting for the right moment and then with 3km to go I made my move. I had a pretty big gap at one point and thought I could win but unfortunately one of the Dutch riders came back and just beat me on the finish line. It is a bit of a shame to lose the stage win but to go into the leader's jersey is a great feeling. There is a still a long way to go but I think we are a strong team and I am now really motivated going into tomorrow's TT."
"It was a super hectic stage today and even though it was only around 140km long it was pretty tough with small roads for most of the way and a few tricky cobbled sections. After just 20km there was a big crash which caught up a lot of the peloton and it was at this point that a group of 24 riders went clear with Lukas and Pavel. Nathan Van Hooydonck was unfortunately caught up in a crash in a group of 20 behind them as he passed through the feedzone but fortunately he was able to get back on the bike without injury."
"In the end a lot of riders were dropped from the front group and eventually only 11 riders remained to race for the win. Pavel attacked with just 3km to go and was just beaten to the line by one of the fast local riders. For us I think this is a really good way to start our GC campaign and with a TT tomorrow I think we can be confident about our chances of staying up at the top."
Stage 2: Assen - Assen, 141.3km
Top 3: 1. Jan Willen van Schip (Regional South-East) 2. Pavel Sivakov (BMC Development Team) 3. Arvid de Kleijn (Cyclingteam Jo Piels)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 2. Pavel Sivakov 8. Lukas Spengler 38. Pascal Eenkhoorn
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC: 1. Pavel Sivakov 10. Lukas Spengler 19. Pascal Eenkhoorn