Eenkhoorn Secures Overall Victory at Olympia’s Tour10. September 2017, Noorbeek (NED) — Development Team
After taking the yellow jersey on day one, Pascal Eenkhoorn secured overall victory ahead of BMC Development Team teammate, Pavel Sivakov, at Olympia’s Tour today after securing second on the final stage.
BMC Development Team set the pace from the moment the flag dropped on stage 6, and after setting Eenkhoorn up to secure maximum bonus seconds at the first intermediate sprint, they allowed the tempo to ease which gave six riders the chance to go clear after 20km, of the 173.3km course.
Once again, BMC Development Team kept control of the race, never allowing the gap to extend beyond 2’30” before with 60km to go, the chase heated up and the leaders were eventually pulled back heading into the final 20km of the day.
New attacks quickly began, and with just 15km to go, ten riders including Eenkhoorn and Sivakov went clear at the front of the race and began the final battle for the stage win and the overall victory.
In the end, it was a late move from Jarno Mobach (Development Team Sunweb) that saw him go solo up the final drag to the line to take the stage win while Eenkhoorn dug deep behind him to hold off his chasers and secure second on the stage and the overall victory.
After a strong performance from BMC Development Team all week, Eenkhoorn was joined on the podium by Sivakov who finished second overall, 16 seconds back.
The Winner's Interview with Pascal Eenkhoorn
Congratulations, Pascal! How are you feeling after today's win?
"I am feeling really happy but also a bit relieved. It was a bit of a stressful day because it was still quite close at the top of the General Classification going into the stage."
"We controlled the race from the beginning, and Bram Welten, Mario Spengler, and Reto Müller did a super job pulling at the front of the bunch for Pavel Sivakov and me. I can't thank them enough."
Were you feeling confident coming into today's stage?
"I was definitely confident in my own shape and also the strength of our team, but you never know what might happen especially with the bonus seconds on offer here. I was feeling good though, and races like this suit me well."
This is the final stage race of the season. You must be happy to finish off the year with a win?
"Totally. This is a great way to end the year. We've won a lot of stage races this year as a team, and I am really happy that I could be part of that and end my U23 career in this way."
Quotes From the Finish Line
"It has been a really good week for us especially with a 1-2 on the GC. Everyone was strong here, and we were all working really well together. It is a strange feeling that this is my last race with BMC Development Team. It hasn't sunk in yet but it has been amazing and this year has been the best season of my career so far. The team has given 100% for me this year, and I can't thank them all enough."
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
"I am really happy with today's victory. It is a great way to end our final stage race. Overall we had two stage wins and first and second on the General Classification. We kept control of the race, and it was a very fast parcours. Then, in the end, Pascal Eenkhoorn and Pavel Sivakov worked well together in the end, and our GC position was never in danger. I can't say it enough; all the guys did an amazing job this week."
Stage 6: Margraten > Noorbeek, 173.3km
Top 3: 1. Jarno Mobach (Development Team Sunweb) 2. Pascal Eenkhoorn (BMC Development Team) 3. Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal U23)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 2. Pascal Eenkhoorn 5. Pavel Sivakov 11. Reto Müller
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC: 1. Pascal Eenkhoorn 2. Pavel Sivakov 16. Reto Müller