Bookwalter Tests his Legs in Tour de Yorkshire Bunch Sprint29. April 2017, Harrogate (ENG) — Road Team
Brent Bookwalter tried his luck in the bunch sprint on day two of racing at the Tour de Yorkshire, finishing just outside of the top ten in 11th place.
With just 122,5km on the menu, a four rider breakaway was kept under tight control with the peloton keeping their advantage to a maximum of three minutes.
By the time the peloton reached the Cote de Lofthouse with 60km remaining, the breakaway’s advantage had fallen to 1’34” and eventually, the catch was made inside the final 20km.
There was a flurry of attacks from teams hoping to avoid a bunch sprint but, despite the kick up to the finish, the sprinters’ teams formed their trains and set the stage for the second bunch sprint.
Bouhanni proved too strong in the sprint and crossed the line with a small gap over the peloton, with all of BMC Racing Team’s riders finished safely behind.
After two days of sprinting, the peloton faces what is billed as the hardest stage in the Tour de Yorkshire’s history, 194.5km with eight categorized climbs.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“It was a typical short, fast, and nervous stage. The roads were a little smaller today than yesterday and I think everyone was banking on a bunch sprint. Everyone was riding pretty defensively with the small roads and a chance for splits before the big queen stage tomorrow. It wasn’t really my plan or intention to be up there in the sprint but the team, especially Manuel Quinziato, did a really good job of keeping me in position and out of trouble all day. Manuel dropped me off with just over one kilometer to go, so I was just trying to see if I could get a safe, clean line. But, I didn’t really have the nerve to be bumping handlebars with those sprinters. I think you can see from the video that the top three, especially Nacer Bouhanni, were a class above the rest. Best case scenario, if I was super lucky, I could have been fifth or ninth or something, but what I can take out of it is my legs are good and I’ve been feeling good the past two stages, so I am excited to see what I can do tomorrow.”
“It’s going to be carnage I think. We’ve been getting little samples of these Yorkshire climbs the past couple of days and we’ve only had a couple of them each day. They’ve already wreaked some havoc on the peloton. The one towards the end of stage 1 really split the peloton up, so to stack eight or ten of those climbs on top of each other, especially at the end of a long race, will make it definitely physically demanding but also very tactical and nervous too.”
Tour de Yorkshire
Stage 2: Tadcaster > Harrogate (122.5km)
Top 3: Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis, Solutions Crédits), 2. Caleb Ewan (ORICA-SCOTT), 3. Jonathan Hivert (Direct Energie).
BMC Racing Team top 3: 11. Brent Bookwalter, 24. Floris Gerts, 29, Amaël Moinard.