BMC Development Team on the Attack in Belgium and Switzerland21. May 2016, Monschau & Eupen (BEL)/Lyss (SUI) — Development Team
The BMC Development were in action on three occasions today as they raced in Belgium on stages 2 and 3 of Triptyques Ardennais as well as at the one day Swiss stage race, Bernerrundfahrt.
After Stage 2 of Typtique Ardennais was won in bunch sprint by Brecht Dhaene (Verandas Willems Cycling Team), the BMC Development Team went on the attack over the course the Stage 3 from Monschau to Eupen.
Nathan Van Hooydonck was part of the day’s largest breakaway before Taylor Eisenhart launched a solo attack with 8 kilometers to go.
In the end, the stage was won in a second bunch sprint for the line. Pascal Eenkhoorn finished tenth and now sits third on the General Classification, 22 second behind race leader Elias Van Breussegem (Verandas Willems Cycling Team). Eenkhoorn also maintains his lead in the Youth Classification.
Meanwhile in Switzerland, Kilian Frankinny looked in strong form, riding for much of the race as part of the day’s breakaway. The group was eventually caught and it didn’t take long for more attacks to come, including one from Fabian Lienhard.
It was a trio of Italian riders who were able to distance themselves inside the final 6 kilometers, with Enrico Salvador (Unieuro-Wilier Trevigiani) taking the win and Lienhard leading the chase behind to finish fourth, only 3 seconds back.
Quotes of the day
Sport director, Klaas Lodewyck said: “At first TJ [Taylor Eisenhart] almost got into a break and then after 35 kilometers of racing, Nathan Van Hooydonck was part of the main breakaway of the day but the biggest advantage was 1’20 as Verandas Willems kept control of the peloton. With 20 kilometers to go everything was back together and then with 8 kilometers to go TJ attacked of the front and stayed out until the 3km marker and then it came down to a final bunch sprint with almost 100 riders. Pascal did top ten finish and was able to take some time out of some of the other GC contenders. We had a really good day as a team today, we were in every move so I am a happy sport director right now!”
Sport director, Jens Blatter said: “We did everything that we could do today. There was an early break away with 12 riders and we had Kilian [Frankiny] was in that group. They’re advantage went up to more than 2 minutes but with 40 kilometers to go they were caught. Then three Italian riders, attacked of the front with 6 kilometers to go although [Patrick] Müller was pulling hard at the front of the group we couldn’t quite close down the gap and eventually they three riders had a couple of extra seconds on the line. Fabian’s sprint for fourth place was strong and I think he could have challenged for the win if the circumstances had been different.”
Fabian Lienhard said: “It was a bit like a lottery at the end in the final sprint. I felt really good and I was happy to be the strongest in the second group of riders on the road but it definitely wasn’t easy. I went off the front with two other riders on the final lap but we were caught on the final summit of the Frienisberg climb. So, when the three riders went out on front, I tried as hard as I could but I wasn’t able to follow them.”
“Tomorrow is a completely different sort of race and I think we will have to try and keep it under control, making attacks where we can but we are a strong team and I think we definitely have the chance to be in the mix tomorrow.”
“It was great to be racing at home. This is one of only UCI races in Switzerland, and to be racing close to the home of our Swiss sponsor was definitely a motivation for us. Plus it’s always special when families and friends can be out on the course to support you.”
Triptiyque Ardennais (UCI 2.12)
Stage 2: Hellenthal > Monschau, 74km
Top 3: 1. Brecht Dhaene (Verandas Willems Cycling Team) 2. Gianni Marchand (Cibel-Cebon) 3. Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Napolean Games Cycling Team)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 31. Pascal Ennkhoorn 71. Taylor Eisenhart 80. Nathan Van Hooydonck
Stage 3: Monschau > Eupen, 97km
Top 3: 1. Laurens Sweeck (ERA - Murprotec) 2. Piet Allegaert (EFC - Etixx) 3. Brecht Dhaene (Verandas Willems)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 10. Pascal Eenkhoorn 42. Bas Tietema 101. Sam Dobbs
Bernerrundfahrt (UCI 1.2)
One day race / 169.75km
Top 3: 1. Enrico Salvador (Unieuro-Wilier Trevigiani) 2. Danilo Celano (Amore and Vita-Selle SMP) 3. Edouard Lauber (CC Étupes-Le Doubs-Pays de Montbéliard)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 4. Fabian Lienhard 26. Kilian Frankinny 28. Patrick Müller