Third Top Ten Finish for BMC Racing Team in Japan23. October 2016, Utsunomiya City Forest Park (JPN) — Road Team
The Japan Cup Cycle Road Race marked the end of the 2016 season for five BMC Racing Team riders and saw Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac) ride solo to take the win while Joey Rosskopf rounded out the top ten over on the 144.2 kilometer race.
On the first the day’s fourteen 10.3km laps, a breakaway of five riders was able to extend a lead over the peloton and their advantage continued to rise until it reached a maximum of 3 minutes 30 seconds.
BMC Racing Team had a strong presence at the front of the peloton and were working hard to help bring the bunch back together going into the penultimate lap.
The race didn’t stay together for long and the bunch was quickly spread out across the road as attacks flew off the front of the re-grouped peloton before a group of six riders eventually pulled away and looked set to contest the win in the uphill sprint to the line.
However a late attack from Villella saw him solo to victory ahead of Orica-BikeExchange teammates, Chris Juul-Jensen (Orica-BikeExchange) and Robert Power (Orica-BikeExchange), who took second and third place respectively.
The racing continued on behind the lead group with Rosskopf, who won the sprint prize in yesterday’s criterium, our top-placed rider. He crossed the line to cap off his 2016 season, and bring BMC Racing Team’s weekend of racing in Japan to a close, with a top ten finish.
Quotes from the team car with DS Max Sciandri:
“It was a pretty straight forward race. The breakaway went pretty early and then it was a fairly steady pace for the peloton for most of the race after that. Unfortunately for us, our leader for this race Fabian crashed on a descent with just 4 laps to go and that forced him out of contention. He was able to get back up on the bike but the speed was so high it was too late to come back.”
“We didn’t come into this race with a specific leader so when Fabian said he felt like he wanted to go for it in our morning meeting, the rest of the team was behind him. So the crash changed the dynamics for the team and Rosskopf stepped in but he said his condition wasn’t what he had expected but we are at the end of a long season so we can’t be disappointed.”
“This is an intense trip with an early ride with the fans yesterday followed by the criterium and then today’s race on a demanding course which was used in the early 90s for the World Championships. It’s a pretty full on way to end the season but the whole team has enjoyed it and I think we have ridden well on both days.”
Japan Cycling Cup Road Race
One-day race / 144.2km
Top 3: 1. Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac) 2. Chris Juul-Jensen (Orica-BikeExchange) 3. Robert Power (Orica-BikeExchange)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Joey Rosskopf 13. Taylor Phinney 22. Manuel Quinziato