Bookwalter Claims Fourth in Thrilling Tour de Yorkshire Finale30. April 2017, Fox Vallery (ENG) — Road Team
Brent Bookwalter led the BMC Racing Team charge on the final day of racing at the Tour de Yorkshire to cross the line in fourth place and secure fourth on the General Classification in what was an aggressive display from BMC Racing Team.
After two consecutive bunch sprints and with eight categorized climbs over 194.5km on the cards, the hunt for the overall win was always going to come down to stage 3.
Seven riders formed the day’s breakaway after 20km of racing and behind, the peloton kept their advantage under control.
The peloton started their chase as they crossed the halfway mark and by the time they reached 50km to go, the gap was down to 1’35”.
The final 25km of racing provided nail-biting action as the race came back together and new attacks started from the reduced bunch, where BMC Racing Team was well-represented by Bookwalter, Amaël Moinard and Joey Rosskopf.
Rosskopf took control of the race and lead the bunch over the Cote de Deepcar with 16km remaining, and was again on the attack as he put in a brilliant display to chase down solo leader Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) who was 30 seconds ahead.
Bookwalter picked up the chase from Rosskopf and had Pauwels in sight inside the final 5km of racing. As the riders tried to close the gap, lack of cooperation in the small group saw Pauwel’s lead extend back out and an attack from Pauwels’ teammate Omar Fraile allowed the duo to forge on ahead and take the top two spots on the stage and General Classification respectively.
The rest of the group was left to sprint for the last podium place and Bookwalter was just edged out for third place. Rosskopf rounded out the top ten on the stage and the General Classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“We tried. It’s a little disappointing to feel good and physically strong but there was a little tactical hesitation. It’s easy to say after the race, hindsight is always 20/20. I think we did a good race given what we had, which was a couple of guys down from the start and then a couple of others with injuries and some bike issues today. Joey Rosskopf was awesome. He just keeps stepping up and up, and it’s always a pleasure to race with him. He always leaves it all out there for the team. He was super strong today. It was also really nice to have Amaël Moinard up there. Amaël has more experience than most guys in this race and he was definitely calming in the intense moments. Now I head off to the Tour of California and look forward to racing there.”
Jackson Stewart, Sports Director:
“We raced well today, and we raced conservatively in the beginning to save energy for the finale, but in the end we were caught out with the lack of cooperation. Nobody wanted to chase Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data) back so Joey Rosskopf did most of the work, and then Brent Bookwalter closed it so that the gap was only about five seconds. But, you could tell that none of the riders wanted to work. It could have easily come back but I don’t know if we would have won because there were probably stronger sprinters in the group. So, it wasn’t our day today.”
“Generally, the Tour de Yorkshire is a good race for us. This year though, the weather never played a factor. Typically, a day like today with the normal winds would be a lot harder but it was only headwind on stage 3. On the first stage there are normally crosswinds and this year, we didn’t have anything, not even the usual rain. So it was nice conditions to race in but it didn’t affect the race like it usually would. It all came down to a gamble today and if you got the good straw, you won.”
Tour de Yorkshire
Stage 3: Bradford > Fox Valley (194.5km)
Top 3 on stage 3 and GC: 1. Serge Pauwels (Dimension Data), 2. Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), 3. Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie)
BMC Racing Team top 3: 4. Brent Bookwalter, 10. Joey Rosskopf, 15. Amaël Moinard.
BMC Racing Team top 3 on GC: 4. Brent Bookwalter, 10. Joey Rosskopf, 14. Amaël Moinard.