Action Packed Day of Racing from Brittany to Frankfurt1. May 2016, Dinan (FRA) / Frankfurt (GER) — Development Team
BMC Development Team lined up on two occasions today, for the final stage of the Tour de Bretagne and the one day race, Eschborn - Frankfurt: Rund Um Den Finanzplatz.
With the peloton back together going with 25 kilometres to go, the day looked set to finish in a bunch sprint but attack after attack saw gaps form within the peloton and the race was eventually won Nick Schultz (SEG Racing).
Fabian Lienhard crossed the line 15th and finished 6th on the General Classification, 20 seconds behind race winner Adrian Costa (USA Cycling U23).
Meanwhile in Frankfurt, a predicted bunch sprint saw Konrad Gessner (P&S Team Thüringen) take the win, with Pascal Eenkhoorn finishing 12th and BMC Development Team debutant, Sam Dobbs crossing the line 14th. Killian Frankiny, who was part of the breakaway for the majority of the race, won the sprint classification.
Quotes of the day
Tour de Bretagne
Fabian Lienhard: “It was a really hard race and a really hard final circuit at the end with a tough cobbled climb up to the finish. I gave 100 percent from the bottom of the climb heading into the final lap of the town but I lost time on the GC. I gave everything to try to win this race. The whole team did a fantastic job all week and I am happy with my sixth place on the GC.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck: “At the start of the six local laps, there was about 60 or 70 guys all together. The pace then picked up and it was a tough race with people getting dropped.”
“With two laps to go, Pavel [Sivakov] attacked and then after a while, we also sent Fabian [Lienhard] to the front. For a while they were riding up front eight guys and it looked super good but then the second closed from the back and started to attack. Pavel tried again but he wasn’t able to hold the guy from SEG Racing. Fabian did gave it his maximum in the final lap to minimise the amount of time lost and finish sixth on the GC.”
Eschborn - Frankfurt: Rund Um Den Finanzplatz Sports Director:
Sports Director: Jens Blatter: “It was a good day today. Killian Frankiny was riding strong in the breakaway for most of the race but they got caught with about 15 kilometers to go. It was then a bunch sprint but as we didn’t have sprinter there, we tried everything to avoid this. We always want to win but I think that we had a good race today and that it gave all the riders a really good experience for the future.”
Tour de Bretagne (UCI 2.2)
Stage 7: Le Hinglé > Dinan, 149.9km
Top 3: 1. Nick Schultz (SEG Racing) 2. Frantisek Sisr (Klein Constantia Cycling Team) 3. Max Schachman (Klein Constantia Cycling Team)
Eschborn - Frankfurt: Rund Um Den Finanzplatz (UCI 1.2)
One day race / 148km
Top 3: 1. Konrad Gessner (P&S Team Thüringen) 2. Benjamin Declerq (EFC-Etixx) 3.Christophe Noppe (EFC-Etixx)