A Tale of Two Breakaways for the BMC Development Team5. May 2016, Rumelange (LUX)/ Erpe-Mere (BEL) — Development Team
It was a busy day for the BMC Development Team with riders racing on Stage 2 of Flèche du Sud and the one day race, Dwars Door de Vlaamse Ardennen.
It was a day for the breakaway in Luxembourg as a group of four riders made an early move and were able to stay out in front over the majority of the 154.6km stage from Roeser to Rumelange.
With 30 kilometers to go, the peloton was pushing hard to close down the inevitable time gap and Fabian Lienhard, Taylor Eisenhart and Lukas Spengler all finished with the main group, 1 minute 11 seconds behind stage winner and new race leader, Raphael Freienstein (Team Kuota-Lotton).
Lienhard now sits sixth on the GC as the race heads into Stage 3 tomorrow from Rédange to Warken.
Meanwhile in Belgium, Pavel Sivakov looked in strong form, riding for much of the race as part of the day’s breakaway and even attacking twice along the way. The breakaway was eventually caught with 5 kilometers to go and the stage was won by Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems Cycling Team) in a sprint finish.
Quotes of the day
Flèche du Sud
Taylor Eisenhart said: “On the final climb it was Fabian [Lienhard] and myself felt good and we were able to pull away from the main peloton but we then got pulled back and eventually we finished with Lukas [Spengler] in the main group."
“I am really happy with my form right now. I felt good on the climbs today and now I am really looking forward to tomorrow’s race with steeper climbs which are more suited to my style. Hopefully I can do something for the team after the great work that they have been doing for me.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck said: “All the guys did really well today and when the gap reached around 8 minutes, they took responsibility at the front of the peloton and worked hard bring the gap down. In the end, Fabian, TJ [Taylor Eisenhart] and Lukas all finished with the main group which is great as it means all our GC riders still in front for the next few days.”
Dwars Door de Vlaamse Ardennen
Pavel Sivakov said: “It was a good race today. At the beginning we were racing on all the cobbled climbs from the Tour of Flanders so the peloton was quite steady at this time. After those sections at around 60km to go I attacked on the smaller climbs and a group of 12 guys were able to stay out in front until only around 3km to go I think. I am really please with how I did today, I felt really strong and I gave it everything I could today.”
“I think this race has given me a lot of confidence that I am in good shape for Sunday at Flèche Ardennaise. We have a strong team and and I think we can do really well at this race.”
Sports Director, Jens Blatter said: “The team did really well today. Pavel [Sivakov] looked really strong in the breakaway, perhaps one of the strongest out of the 13 riders in the group. In the end the race went down to a bunch sprint and there were some experience sprinters at the front. We are a young team and I think there are lots of positives that we can take away. The whole team was extremely motivated and I am really pleased with how the rode today.”
Bas Tietema Medical Update
Bas Tietema had to stop racing at Dwars Door de Vlaamse Ardennen today due to illness.
Dr Major said: "Bas experience some difficulty breathing during today's race due to the high pollen counts. Pollen has gone up with the recent warm weather in Belgium. I don't envisage Bas needing to take time off the bike and he should be able to keep to his current race schedule.
Flèche du Sud (UCI 2.2)
Stage 1: Roeser > Rumelange, 154.6km
Top 3: 1. Raphael Freienstein (Team Kuota-Lotton) 2. Twan Van den Brand (Cyclingteam Jo Piels) 3. Dio Beukeboom (Parkhotel Valkenburg CT)
Dwars Door de Vlaamse Ardennen (UCI 1.2)
One day race / 179.6km
Top 3: 1. Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems Cycling Team) 2. Alexander Edmondson (Australia/Orica GreenEDGE) 3. (Baguet - MIBA Poorten - Idulek)