Frankiny Fourth on Tour Alsace Queen Stage30. July 2016, Station du Lac Blanc (FRA) — Development Team
Kilian Frankiny crossed the line fourth on the tough queen stage at Tour Alsace and moved up into third on the General Classification heading into BMC Development Team's final day in France.
The day’s race was a tale of two breakaway’s with an initial group, including Pascal Eenkhoorn, extending a lead early into the stage before a second group of five riders was able to gain a maximum advantage of around four minutes.
Heading into the final climb, a reduced peloton was setting a quick tempo to minimise the advantage of the remaining breakaway riders, Maximilian Schachmann (Klein Constantia) and Scott Davies (Team Wiggins).
The advantage of Schachmann and Davies proved just out of reach with the Klein Constantia rider eventually taking victory.
Meanwhile the battle of the bunch continued behind them with Frankiny attacking the reduced peloton and crossing the line fourth to move into third place on the General Classification, one minute eight seconds behind new race leader, Schachmann.
Quotes from the finish line
Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck said: “Pascal was in the first break of the day with six other riders but when they were eventually caught another group of five guys went off the front and two of them eventually went all the way to the line. Halfway through the race, we started to pick up the tempo in the peloton with Patrick Müller riding up front and doing a huge amount of work. He really gave it as much as possible alongside Pascal to help set Kilian up in a good position for the final climb and eventually move up on the GC.”
Kilian Frankiny said: “Starting today’s stage I still felt a bit sore from my crash on Thursday so I didn’t really believe that I would be able to race as well as I did and move up on the GC. The team supported me all day and they kept me in perfect position throughout the stage, especially Pascal and Patrick.”
“With every kilometer I felt better and better so on the last climb with five kilometers to go I attacked form what was left of the peloton and was just caught of guard at the end by a rider from behind to finish fourth. I felt really good at the end of today’s stage and I hope that I can maintain my position on the GC on tomorrow’s stage. I know that our team is really strong and that they will give it everything to help me do so.”
Tour Alsace (UCI 2.2)
Stage 3: Ribeauvillé - Staion du Lac Blanc, 157.8km
Top 3: 1. Maximilian Schachmann (Klein Constantia) 2. Scott Davies (Team Wiggins) 3. Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto-Soudal U23)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 4. Kilian Frankiny 14. Pascal Eenkhoorn 51. Patrick Müller