Van Hooydonck Wins Final Stage in Oise12. June 2016, Liancourt (FRA) — Development Team
It was the perfect ending to BMC Development Team's Ronde de l’Oise campaign with Nathan Van Hooydonck taking victory on the final stage.
With the day’s early breakaway reeled in, Van Hooydonck was part of late attack inside the final 50 kilometers. Despite changes in the groups formation, Van Hooydonck was able to stay out in front and showed his strength over the final few kilometers to take victory with a six second advantage over the two remaining riders from the breakaway.
Van Hooydonck was also able to take 12 bonus seconds over the 167.6km stage which saw him move into third on the General Classification, only two seconds behind Antonino Parrinello (D'Amico Bottecchia), and take the overall lead in the Best Young Rider Classification.
There was also a top ten finish for Bas Tietema today as he crossed the line eighth with the rest of the main bunch.
Winner’s Interview with Nathan Van Hooydonck
Can you describe how you feel after today’s win?
“I am feeling great! I’m also really relieved to have won today, especially after all the back luck I have had over the past few weeks. The race went perfect for us. We stuck to our race plan and really tackled the race head on and thankfully it turned out to be successful for us.”
What are your thoughts on finishing third on the GC and winning of the Best Young Rider Classification?
“It’s obviously great to be in those positions but I think for me the stage win tops everything! The team did an amazing job today, everyone gave it everything the could and I am really thankful for that.”
Did you think that today’s stage suited you?
“Yeah, I had a look at the course and I thought it would suit me well but I wasn't sure that I was going to win though! The local lap was really hard, even my dad told me to watch out for it today.”
Sport director Klaas Lodewyck said: “I’m really happy with how today went, we executed our plan perfectly! We knew it was the hardest day as the course was not easy at all and the heavy rain also made it pretty tough.”
“The stage started really fast and the break was able to get away but we knew that they wouldn’t be able to gain that much time as there was only 20 seconds separating riders on the GC. The plan was to go for it and make the race hard as soon as we reached the local laps. At that point Nathan was able to make a move into the breakaway and go all the way to take a really strong victory.”
“The rest of the guys did really well over the whole race. We knew that Bram wouldn’t be able to go for results after just coming back from injury but he did the maximum he could for the team and it was great to see him riding again.”
Ronde de l’Oise (UCI 2.2)
Stage 4: Saint Maximin - Liancourt, 167.6km
Top 3: 1. Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Development Team) 2. Cees Bol (Rabobank Development Team) 3. Dieter Bouvry (Roubaix Métropole Européenne de Lille)
BMC Development Team Top 3:
1. Nathan Van Hooydonck
8. Bas Tietema
35. Fabian Lienhard