BMC Development Team Secure Clean Sweep in Switzerland21. May 2017, Hagendorn (SUI) — Development Team
BMC Development Team dominated GP Cham - Hagendorn today with Nathan van Hooydonck winning the final sprint to the line to take the day's honors ahead of teammates, Callum Scotson and Reto Müller.
BMC Development Team started to attack off the front of the peloton almost as soon as the flag dropped with Jasper Philipsen, Callum Scotson, Mario Spengler, and Reto Müller going clear as part of an eight-rider group on the second of 16, 9.3km laps.
As they began lap number eight, this group was sitting 1'40" ahead of the peloton with Van Hoydonck and Patrick Müller working hard to bridge the gap as part of another six-rider group.
With six riders eventually sitting in the leading group, the team had strength in numbers and were able to continue to push on at the front of the race.
Heading onto the penultimate lap, this group had eventually been cut in half with Van Hooydonck, Scotson, Reto Müller, Patrick Müller, and Philipsen all making the selection alongside one other rider.
With an advantage of just one minute, there was no time to play games, and BMC Development Team continued to work hard to ensure the breakaway would make it to the line.
The victory was secured for the team with 3km to go when just the five riders were left, and in the end, it was the final sprint for the line that decided who would head onto the top step of the podium.
Van Hooydonck was the quickest on the day taking the win ahead of Scotson and Reto Müller, who would join him on the podium, with Patrick Müller and Philipsen finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
The Winner's Interview with Nathan Van Hooydonck
Congratulations, Nathan. What does this win mean to you?
"After my knee injury, taking the win here is a big relief. I really wanted to win today, and over the course of the race, I just felt stronger and stronger. The team was incredibly strong and to have five guys left in front at the end of the day was great. In the end, we decided to race for the win against each other. Everybody wanted to win, and everybody could have won, and that was great to see."
How did it feel to stand on the podium with your BMC Development Team teammates?
"It was really special. We definitely demonstrated how strong we are as a team today. Everybody was riding really well. If you have five out of six guys in the breakaway and that makes it to the finish line, you can't do any better. To share the podium with my teammates was great, especially as this is my penultimate race with BMC Development Team. "
And looking ahead to Paris - Roubaix U23.
"Today's win is really good for the morale going into the race next Sunday. I also have seen today that all of the guys on our team are riding super strong and are in good shape. I think we can be confident going into the race. We have to all race for the same goal as we did today."
Quotes From the Finish Line
"It was a good day for us. It was pretty hard and a really solid day of racing for everyone. We all wanted to go out there and race hard, get some good race practice and also get a result for the team. We were a bit more relaxed going into the race than yesterday but we still wanted to put guys out in front, and that was our biggest objective. We were going in every move at the beginning, and eventually, we had six riders in the front group. We always had a strong presence in every more, and it always gives you piece of mind when you know you're in a good position. It gives you confidence as you know that one way or another the team will win."
"We really showed that every rider is capable of winning today and going into Paris - Roubaix U23 that is a really good position to be in. Anything can happen in this race so to have a lot of different options only increases our chances of doing well."
"We wanted to ride aggressively right from the start of the race, and that's exactly what we did. We started to attack a lot to try and make the race really hard and then, on the second lap I made it into a breakaway alongside Mario Spengler, Callum Scotson, and Jasper Philipsen. A few laps later, Nathan Van Hooydonck and Patrick Müller joined us, so we have six riders in the breakaway of 13. We continued to ride all together until we were just a couple of laps before the finish when the group exploded with one attack after another on a small climb. We ended up with five riders in a group of six. We were still working really well together before the final 3km when it was just the five of us going for the win. It was a bit of a strange feeling to be racing against my teammates but, I think it was a show of how strong we are as a team. A lot of us will head to Paris-Roubaix U23 next week, so we have shown here that everyone is strong and we can go into that race with a lot of confidence."
Sports Director, Jens Blatter:
"It was not an easy race for us like it might've seemed looking at the results. Everybody was looking to us to make a move, but we were prepared for this. We started out looking to ride offensively and began to attack right from the beginning. Initially, we had six riders in the group of 13 which gave us the upper hand and multiple options. With 40km to go, we attacked again from this group and had five riders in the final six-rider lead group. The other rider then attacked with 5km to go, but we were able to go with him before just our five guys were left in front to race for the win. In the end, Nathan Van Hooydonck took the win, but it could have been any one of our five riders. I'm happy with how strong the team was today, and I think they are ready for Paris - Roubaix U23 next week. Add this to our overall win in Ronde de l'Isard; it has been an incredible day for the team."
GP Cham - Hagendorn
One day race: Hagendorn > Hagendorn, 148.8km
Top 3: 1. Nathan Van Hooydonck (BMC Development Team) 2 Callum Scotson (BMC Development Team) 3. Reto Müller (BMC Development Team)