BMC Development Team Wraps Up 2016 Season with Two Top Ten Finishes2. October 2016, Norbeek (NED)/Oggiono (ITA) — Development Team
BMC Development Team was in action on Stage 6 of Olympia’s Tour and at the Italian one-day race Piccolo Giro di Lombardia. Read what went down at the final two races of the team’s 2016 season below.
Sivakov Claims Second Overall at Olympia’s Tour
Pavel Sivakov capped off six days of racing at Olympia’s Tour by finishing second on the General Classification after a tough race on the final, and longest stage, in the Netherlands.
The front of the race was constantly changing over the early part of Olympia’s Tour Stage 5 with breakaways being allowed to gain time before being pulled back by the peloton.
Eventually a two-rider breakaway was given the freedom to extend a lead over the peloton and by the end of the first 50km their lead was holding steady at 1 minute 45 seconds.
By the time the race reached the final 25km of the day, a new breakaway had formed including BMC Development Team’s Pascal Eenkhoorn.
Despite a strong chase from the bunch, this group was able to make it all the way to the line with Eenkhoorn eventually crossing the line seventh behind stage winner, Martijn Budding (Rabobank Development Team).
Sivakov finished with the reduced peloton behind them to safely secure his place on the podium as both runner-up in the General Classification, 3 seconds behind Cees Bol (Rabobank Development Team), and also winner of the Best Young Rider Classification.
There was also a visit to the podium for Eenkhoorn who was rewarded for his efforts of the final section of the stage with the prize for combativity.
Quotes of the Day
“I think I can look back and be happy with my results at Olympia's Tour. I finished second on the GC, second on Stage 2, I spent three days in yellow and won the Best Young Rider Classification. It was an amazing week for my last race of the season with the team, and I am so thankful to all the guys and team stage for the enormous amount of work they did during these 6 days. There was a super team spirit! Of course, I’m a bit disappointed to lose the race by only 3 seconds but anyway it was a great experience for my career to learn what it is like to be a leader on a big race and now I turn my focus to the World Championships in Qatar.”
Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck:
“We finished second on GC which is obviously a good result and we are happy with it but it is just a pity that we are losing the overall title because of the crash yesterday as this victory was within touching distance for us and it was a great opportunity for the team. We can’t be too disappointed though as the performance of the whole team this week has been incredible. The guys did everything they could to try for the win but in the end we just couldn’t make up the difference today.”
Stage 6: Margraten - Norbeek, 175.4km
Top 3: 1. Martijn Budding (Rabobank Development Team) 2. Piet Allegaert (Belgium Cycling Team) 3. Stan Dewulf (Lotto - Soudal U23)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 7. Pascal Eenkhoorn 25. Pavel Sivakov 44. Nathan Van Hooydonck
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC: 2. Pavel Sivakov 14. Pascal Eenkhoorn 37. Nathan Van Hooydonck
Two Riders in Top Five at Piccolo Giro di Lombardia
Patrick Müller and Kilian Frankiny flew the flag at the front of the race for BMC Development Team in Italy to finish fourth and fifth respectively.
It was a fast-paced start to today’s Piccolo Giro di Lombardia with attack after attack being chased down by the peloton as riders fought hard to stay at the front of the bunch.
It wasn’t until the race reached the climb up Madonna del Ghisallo that Müller and Frankiny were able to force a strong breakaway of nine riders to form and successfully extend a solid advantage over the reduced peloton behind them.
With less than 15km to go, Frankiny made a move with one other rider off the front of the breakaway but the pair were eventually pulled back by the group of chasers, including Müller, before the race came down to sprint for the line which was won by Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto - Soudal U23).
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a really hard race right from the beginning. Everybody wanted to be in front and no breakaway was able to get away until 60km to go. Unfortunately after that there was a big crash in the peloton before the first long climb and Kilian and I were caught behind that so Mario helped us bridge up to the front group. Kilian was super strong and he attacked directly and then we were in a group of 9 riders after this long climb and this was the group that the winner was decided from.”
“I started this season pretty perfectly in Italy with my win in Belvedere so I have really come full circle and ended the season much stronger than last year and with what I think was a strong performance here again. I like racing in Italy and the races suit me well with the steep climbs and it is always good to end the season on a high, not just on a high mountain!”
“The beginning of today’s race was crazy fast then after 100km came the long climb up Madonna del Ghisallo but just before that there was a crash which separated Patrick and I from the the bunch at the front but Mario did a great job pulling us back before I decided to attack and force the breakaway. We rode really well as group and our gap was increasing all the time. On the second to last climb I attacked again with one other rider and then the chasers brought us back for the last kilometers. I was hoping that we could go to the finish but it was not meant to be and at the end I was just wiped out and couldn’t do a good enough sprint.”
“This is always a tough race right at the end of the season so I cant be too disappointed but I really did want to win especially in my last race for the BMC Development Team. It has been a great year with this team. It’s been lots of fun, there is a great team spirit and we have worked really hard together but now I am really looking forward to joining BMC Racing Team and I am very excited for what’s to come.”
Sports Director Jens Blatter:
"It was a very fast race with a tough finale with the steep climbs. Kilian and Patrick were in a strong group of favourites for the win and on the second to last climb with just 25km to go Kilian attacked with a rider from Team Colpack. This was a really good move for us as it allowed Müller to sit up a little in the group of chasers behind. In the end the pair were caught by the chase group with only 2km to go and by then Frankiny had used up all his reserves and Müller went for the sprint on his own. At the end of the day while we didn't come away with the result we were looking for I think we can be positive and definitely say that we rode a very good and strong race.”
Piccolo Giro di Lombardia
One day race / 163.1km
Top 3: 1. Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto - Soudal U23) 2. Andrea Vendrame (Zalf - Fior) 3. Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto - Soudal U23)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 4. Patrick Müller 5. Kilian Frankiny 62. Zeke Mostov