BMC Development Team on the Attack on Stage 1 Before Bunch Sprint31. March 2017, Warcoing (BEL) — Development Team
Le Triptyque des Monts et Château stage 1 proved as hectic as they come with the peloton chasing down attack after attack before Daniel Auer (Team Feelbermayr) took the win from a bunch sprint as all seven BMC Development Team riders crossed the line safely behind.
The peloton was in constant flux over the opening 166km of racing at Le Triptyque des Monts et Château with no breakaway being given the freedom to extend a solid advantage.
BMC Development Team were a familiar sight at the front of the race today, and after 30km of racing, the pace being set saw the main bunch split with sixty riders out in front. However, the group behind weren’t satisfied with missing out on the action, and the race was brought back together with 42km to go.
On the approach to the second climb of the day, two riders went off the front of the peloton and extended a small gap, but the riders were quick to react and with BMC Development Team leading the chase as they went over the top of the climb, the gap was closed.
Eventually 76km into the stage, three riders looked like they could be the successful breakaway as the extended a lead of over one minute but it was once again not meant to be as, 16 riders, including Patrick Müller, we're able to bridge the gap.
Their lead held steady at around 15 seconds, but the chase from behind began to heat up and once again the race hit the reset button with 50km to go. Soon after, Tanguy Turgis made the jump into an 11-rider breakaway but the day’s race pattern continued, and they were finally caught.
With less than 10km remaining Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Bermans) made a solo attack and Jasper Philipsen went on the move to jump across to the American rider with two others. The group was working hard to hold off the charging peloton, but they were ultimately caught in the closing 500 meters.
In the end, Daniel Auer (Team Feelbermayr) was the quickest on the day as he sprinted to stage victory ahead of Christopher Lawless (Axeon Hagens Bermans), who moved into the leader’s jersey after taking bonus seconds earlier in the stage.
After taking 16 bonus seconds on the day’s three climbs, Marc Hirschi moved into the overall lead of the Mountain Classification while Tanguy Turgis and Patrick Müller sit seventh and eighth on the General Classification respectively.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a super hard race all day because with no breakaway being able to extend a solid advantage, there was no rhythm. It was constant attacking and then slowing down a bit before more attacks. We then hit some crosswinds, and we tried to make a move there but the pace was so high, and the winds weren’t strong enough to make a real difference.”
“I was feeling strong on the climbs today and was please with how I rode. Taking a leader’s jersey is always a nice feeling, but I do think that I maybe lost some energy for the finish by going so hard on the climbs. There are also some Mountain Classification points to be won tomorrow so it would be good to try and keep this jersey while also helping the team.”
“We then have the time trial at the end of the week, and we have a strong team for this, and I think that we can hopefully do something special there. It’s a short course, and it can make a difference for the final result but not a huge difference, so we need to keep our eyes open tomorrow as well as look out for the bonus seconds.”
Le Triptyque des Monts et Château
Stage 1: Flobecq> Warcoing, 166km
Top 3: 1. Daniel Auer (Team Feelbermayr) 2. Christopher Lawless (Axeon Hagens Bermans) 3. Mathias Van Gompel (Lotto-Soudal U23)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 19. Tanguy Turgis 20. Callum Scotson 23. Sam Dobbs
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC: 7. Tanguy Turgis 8. Patrick Müller 22. Callum Scotson