Bunch Sprints in Germany and Switzerland12. June 2016, Köln (GER)/ Baar (SUI) — Road Team
It was another action packed day of racing for BMC Racing Team with teams lining up for the one-day race, Rund um Köln, and Stage 2 of Tour de Suisse.
In Germany, a group of five riders made an attack early into the 205.8km race, riding out in from for the majority of the day.
With 50 kilometers to go Manuel Senni attacked off the front of the peloton to join the breakaway, before launching a second attack alongside another rider.
When they were caught inside 10 kilometers to go, Taylor Phinney made a gutsy solo effort but the stage eventually was won by Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL - Jumbo) after a bunch sprint.
Rick Zabel looked strong in the final sprint and crossed the line 13th on home soil.
Meanwhile in Switzerland, the peloton kept the pace high throughout Stage 2 despite heavy rain over much of the route. Four riders were able to distance themselves early on into the stage but the time gap was kept under control by the peloton.
With 30km to the breakaway were caught and the race eventually came down to a final bunch sprint for the line, won by Peter Sagan (Tinkoff).
Quotes of the day
Sport Director Allan Peiper said: “A group of five riders got away right at the start and extended a maximum advantage of around four minutes. When the peloton regrouped, Senni attacked off the front and there was also strong efforts from Taylor inside the final eight kilometers and Rick in the sprint. It was not the result that we we came here looking for but the guys were in the action for most of day, so we can take positives away from that.”
Rick Zabel said: “I felt good today! It’s good to race on home soil, it always adds a little bit extra motivation to go out and ride the best that I can and try to challenge for the win. I think all of the team did a great job today, we definitely gave it 100 percent, even if the result today was not what we wanted.”
Rund um Köln (UCI 1.1)
One day race / 205.8km
Top 3: 1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL - Jumbo) 2. André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) 3. Nikias Arndt (Team Giant - Alpecin)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 13. Rick Zabel 34. Peter Velits 38. Joey Rosskopf
Tour de Suisse (2.UWT)
Stage 2: Baar to Baar, 187.6km
Top 3: 1. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) 2. Ariel Maximilliano Richese (Ettix-QuickStep) 3. Michael Matthews (Orica GreenEdge)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 34. Philippe Gilbert 42. Danilo Wyss 45. Michael Shär