Eenkhoorn Victorious as BMC Development Team Dominate Opening Day of Racing5. September 2017, Eelde-Paterswolde (NED) — Development Team
Pascal Eenkhoorn secured victory on the opening day of racing at Olympia’s Tour today after impressive performances across the board saw five BMC Development Team riders finish inside the top ten.
As Eenkhoorn flew off the ramp, it was his teammate, Pavel Sivakov, who had the time to beat after a strong performance saw the Russian rider stop the clock at 5’07”.
Despite the wet conditions, Eenkhoorn was able to settle into his rhythm quickly, and with the parcours being completely flat, he was able to power around the 4.3km course before clocking a time of 5’04” on the line and pushing Sivakov into second overall.
With less than 20 riders still to finish, it was a short but nervous wait in the hot seat but in the end, Eenkhoorn’s time remained unshaken, and it proved to be enough to secure the stage win and the first leader's jersey of the race.
Jasper Philipsen was one of the final riders to begin his effort, and another strong performance saw him cross the line with the fourth-fastest time.
In contrast, Reto Müller and Mario Spengler were two of BMC Development Team’s first riders to roll off the ramp and both spent time in the hot seat before eventually finishing fifth and seventh respectively.
The Winner’s Interview with Pascal Eenkhoorn
Congratulations, Pascal! What was it like out on the course today?
"It was not a very technical course, and normally I like those more, but I was feeling really good even in the morning when we headed out on the bike. I've just come out of a block of really hard racing at Tour de l'Avenir and at the last moment I found out I would race here, but I am really happy to be at Olympia's Tour."
"I like racing in Holland. It's my home country, and we are close to my home every stage, so I focused on today as my first goal, and it worked out perfectly."
Were you confident in your form coming into the race?
"I knew I was in really good shape, but I was hoping that I had recovered well after Tour de l'Avenir and I proved that today."
And looking ahead to the rest of the race?
"We have a great group of riders here, and we have five riders in the top ten, so if there is ever someone in the breakaway, they could take leader's jersey too. Of course, I want to win, but the whole team showed that we are really strong and I hope that we can continue like that."
Quotes From the Finish Line
“I feel good after today. I am really happy with the result. I didn't expect to be that good as after Tour de l’Avenir I was feeling a bit tired. I was good in climbs over the season, so I didn't expect to be good on a completely flat parcours like today. It’s a completely different type of effort.”
“I am also really happy for Pascal Eenkhoorn. Not only is he my teammate but he is a really good friend, so it is good to see him score his first big win of the season. We will see what happens from here. We have five riders in the top ten, and I think we proved that we are the strongest team. We now have a little bit of pressure as everyone will look to us but we have the experience of riding in defense of the leader’s jersey, and we know how to manage it.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“Everyone came into today wanting to give 100%, and that was great to see. Everyone is motivated to do well here, and we showed the strength of our team. We now have five riders in the top ten, and we have the jersey, so we have to go for it and try and keep it for the rest of the week. We will take it day by day, and we know tomorrow’s parcours, so we will see what happens.”
Stage 1/ITT: Eelde-Paterswolde > Eelde-Paterswolde, 4.3km
Top 3: 1. Pascal Eenkhoorn (BMC Development Team) 2. Pavel Sivakov (BMC Development Team) 3. Edoardo Affini (SEG Racing Academy)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 1. Pascal Eenkhoorn 2. Pavel Sivakov 4. Jasper Philipsen