Crash-marred start to Tour de Pays des Savoie16. June 2016, Cruseilles (FRA) — Development Team
It was a crash-marred Tour de Pays des Savoie Stage One for BMC Development Team which made for a tough day of racing for the General Classification contenders.
After only 30 kilometers of racing, Pascal Eenkhoorn was been able to make the move into the day’s breakaway of 12 riders. Unfortunately with around 60 kilometers to go, and on a decent made more difficult by the rain, Eenkhoorn was involved in a crash which ultimately forced him to stop racing.
There was also a crash for Taylor Eisenhart inside the final 5 kilometers but, despite losing time on his fellow General Classification contenders, he was fortunately able to continue racing.
Kilian Frankinny finished in 20th place, 33 seconds behind stage winner and new race leader Alexis Guérin (GSC Blagnac Vélo Sport 31).
Reaction from Inside the Sport Director’s Car
“We knew today’s opening stage wasn’t going to be easy but to have both Pascal and Eisenhart involved in crashes was not good. We started well with Pascal riding as part of the breakaway group that eventually went all the way to the finish. Unfortunately in the second half of the race our luck changed as Pascal was forced to stop racing after two crashes on a descent and Taylor lost time after a crash in the final 5 kilometers."
"There are positive to take away from today though! Kilian Frankinny finished in a good position for the GC going into the rest of the race and there are still opportunities for stage victories. After bad luck comes good fortune."
Pascal Eenkhoorn Medical Update
BMC Development Team Dr. Scott Major said: “As a result of the crash, Pascal went into some trees and hit his back. This has resulted in some muscle bruising of his back. He will need to have a few days rest off the bike to recover but I expect that he will be able to get back to training within a week.”
Tour de Pays des Savoie (UCI 2.2)
Stage 1: St Michel de Maurienne - Cruseilles, 145.2km
Top 3: 1. Alexis Guérin (GSC Blagnac Vélo Sport 31) 2. Lennard Hofstede (Rabobank Development Team) 3. Jhonnatan Narvaez Prado (Klein Constantia)
BMC Development Team Top 3:
20. Kilian Frankinny
36. Martin Schäppi
54. Taylor Eisenhart