Eenkhoorn Secures Top Ten Finish Overall After Bunch Sprint on Stage 726. March 2017, Caen (FRA) — Development Team
Tour of Normandy drew to a close with a final bunch sprint securing a stage win for Clément Orceau (Vendee U Pays de la Loire) while Pascal Eenkhoorn crossed the line safely to secure eighth on the General Classification after seven days of fast and furious racing in France.
The front of the race was in constant flux as stage 7 saw the peloton chase down every breakaway attempt over the first 100km of the 145km race to the final finish line in Caen.
Eventually, a group of three riders was able to go clear at the front of the race, but their advantage was never allowed to reach much beyond one minute and ultimately the closing stage came down to a final bunch sprint.
Eenkhoorn finished safely in the bunch behind to secure eighth overall on the General Classification, 49 seconds behind Delaplace and held onto his lead of the Best Young Rider Classification.
Pavel Sivakov also took the overall win in Mountains Classification for BMC Development Team.
Quotes from the Finish Line
"It was another super hard day today, but I was feeling good and after one hour of racing, I tried to make a move into the breakaway and take some bonus second, but they [the peloton] didn't let me go. I'm happy with how this week has gone and also with my place on the General Classification. It would have been nice to move up a few places, but I can't be too disappointed with the consistent form I have shown this week. Tour of Normandy have been a good test for me, and I am now looking forward to heading to Tour of Flanders & Liège-Bastonge-Liège."
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
"It was another fast stage, and we saw lots of riders dropping off the back. We had all our riders trying their luck at the front of the race, but the peloton didn't let any breakaway go until over 100km of racing. We arrived at the final circuit together, and the pace was super fast, it was difficult to disrupt the status quo. Of course, we have had a good week. We have raced hard every day, and maybe if we hadn't had some bad luck, we could have won a stage. But, we leave here with Pascal Eenkhoorn eighth on the General Classification as well as overall Best Young Rider plus Pavel Sivakov as the winner of the Mountains Classification. Now, it's time for us to recover and begin to refocus on the next few races."
Tour of Normandy
Stage 7: Sourdeval > Caen, 145km
Top 3: 1. Clément Orceau (Vendee U Pays de la Loire) 2. Morgan Kneisky (Equipe Cycliste Armée de Terre) 3. Alex Frame (JLT Condor)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 24. Martin Scäppi 47. Pavel Sivakov 49. Pascal Eenkhoorn