Cras Secures Fourth Overall After Bunch Sprint on Stage 530. July 2017, Dannemarie (FRA) — Development Team
Steff Cras finished safely in Dannemarie today to secure fourth overall on the General Classification at Tour d’Alsace while Jasper Philipsen crossed the line fifth in the bunch sprint on stage 5.
For the first time this week, the race settled into the traditional format with a five-rider breakaway going clear after less than 10km of racing and building up a solid advantage which settled at around four minutes for the majority of the 146.2km course.
The peloton began to pick up the pace, with BMC Development Team trying to force a split heading into the final 50km of the day, before the breakaway was eventually pulled back just 2km from the finish line.
The stage was then set for the final bunch sprint with Jasper Philipsen well-placed before eventually finishing fifth on the line behind the day’s winner, Fabio Jakobsen (SEG Racing).
After moving into fourth place on the General Classification after yesterday’s queen stage, Cras crossed the line safely in the bunch to secure his top five finish overall in France.
Quotes From the Finish Line
“Today was a little bit tricky because there was a lot of wind in the beginning so it was a pretty nervous start. I was only one second off the podium so I was hoping to do something with the bonus sprints but the peloton let five guys go in the beginning and the blocked the road. We tried two times with the whole team to do something and split the peloton but the wind wasn’t in a good position. In the end, it came down to the bunch sprint and I finished easy in the bunch.”
“It is a shame that I was so close to the podium but I felt good this week. I was disappointed after Giro Valle d’Aosta as I was sure I could do a good result there so I was really motivated coming into this race. I am happy with how I raced this week and now I can look forward to Tour de l’Avenir with the Belgian national team.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“We tried to make the race hard and close the gap to set Jasper Philipsen for the sprint. He wasn’t 100% after his crash yesterday but we tried to give it a good go. I am proud of the guys and they gave 100% again. I think it has been a good week. We have one stage win and we finished fourth on GC so, I think we can be happy with our results. Everyone was on a really good level so we can move forward with a lot of confidence.”
Stage 5: Neuf Brisach > Dannemarie, 146.2km
Top 3: 1. Fabio Jakobsen (SEG Racing) 2. Kristoffer Skjerping (Joker Icopal) 3. Ethan Hayter (Great Britain Cycling Team)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 5. Jasper Philipsen 32. Martin Schäppi 65. Steff Cras
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC: 4. Steff Cras 19. Pascal Eenkhoorn 50. Martin Schäppi