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Victory for BMC Development Team in the Opening Prologue in Berlin

13. May 2016, Kurfürstendamm, Berlin (GER) — Development Team

BMC Development Team warming up ahead of their TTT victory on the opening stage of Tour de Berlin. ©BMC

BMC Development Team celebrated on the streets of Berlin this evening as they took victory in the opening team time trial at the Tour de Berlin.

The 6.3km route around the centre of the German capital saw the BMC Development Team squad set an early benchmark that was unmatched by any of the other teams.

The team eventually won the prologue just one second ahead of Klein Constantia Cycling Team. Belgian national individual time trial champion, Nathan Van Hooydonck now heads into tomorrow’s stage as the race leader.

Quotes of the day

Sports director, Klaas Lodewyck said: “It’s great to get the win but I think their are also some lessons that we can take away from our ride. The last 2.1km lap was a bit messy for us so I think that we if we work on our communication we would be able to win team time trials by maybe around 10 or 12 seconds.”

“It’s going to be a tough battle in the next few days for us as I think it will be bunch sprint tomorrow so will have wait for another moment when we can hit back. Then on day three we can go for the another time trial win. Right now, I think we need to enjoy this victory with all the team and we will see what will happen tomorrow.”

Nathan Van Hooydonck said: “It’s obviously really satisfying that we won the team time trial. It means that we were the best team here today. I think we could have rode a little bit faster because during the last lap there were some gaps and normally in a perfect team time trial there are no gaps but the boys did an amazing job and it was a really big team effort”

“I am really happy that I could take the yellow jersey. I am going to try and defend it with everything that I have got in my body in the coming days. Tomorrow is going to be a day when we will have to try and control the race and then on the third day there is the individual time trial and that is when I think the GC will be decided.”

Race profile

Tour de Berlin (UCI 2.2)

Prologue (TTT): Kurfürstendamm - Kurfürstendam, 6.3km

Top 3: 1. BMC Development Team 2. Klein Constantia Cycling Team 3. Team Trefor

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