BMC Development Team survive difficult day in Brittany27. April 2016, Janzé (FRA) — Development Team
The finishing circuit, which included a 15% climb, proved to be decisive on the third stage of the Tour de Bretagne.
The 152.7km stage finished with five laps of a 9km circuit around Janzé that saw breaks form within the peloton.
Fabian Lienhard was able to stay out of trouble and finished in the front group with stage winner, Cyrille Patoux (VCP Loudeac). Lienhard remains second on the General Classification, four seconds behind race leader Frantisek Sisr (Klein Constantina).
Despite Taylor Eisenhart and Bram Welten being caught up in late crashes, the rest of the BMC Development Team crossed the finish line safe and the team still sits at the top of the team classification.
Quotes of the day
Fabian Lienhard: “Today’s finish was tricky with a steep climb before the finish line and the whole peloton seemed really nervous going round the final lap. I think tomorrow’s stage will be tough as there are seven categorized climbs but I am feeling strong and, although a couple of the guys were involved in crashes today, the whole team is really strong. I think we are in a really good position.”
Klaas Lodewyck, Sport Director: “It was not the best day for us in Brittany. We fought really hard to get Bram [Welten] in a good position for the sprint and it was looking good up to the final lap.”
“Inside 5km to go, TJ [Taylor Jordan] Eisenhart was involved in a crash but he didn’t fall hard and only needed a wheel change. At this point the rest of the team remained in the front group but then with less than 3 kilometers to go, Bram was involved in another crash. Luckily he came out uninjured but we were then unable to go for the win.”
“We can be remain positive however as Fabian, who is our team leader in Brittany for the GC, avoided danger and finished with the first group of riders and didn’t loose anytime.”
Tour de Bretagne (UCI 2.2)
Stage 3: Louisfert > Janzé, 152.7km
Top 3: 1. Cyrille Patoux (VCP Loudeac) 2. Bryan Alaphilippe (EC Armée de Terre) 3. Herman Dahl (Team Sparebanken Sør)