Olympia’s Tour Stage 5: Sivakov Slips into Second on GC1. October 2016, Reuver (NED) — Development Team
A hectic finish to Olympia’s Tour Stage 5 saw a top ten finish for Lukas Spengler as Pavel Sivakov dropped into second on the General Classification heading into tomorrow’s final day of racing in the Netherlands.
The pace was high in the peloton right from the KM 0 and it took over 40km of racing for a two-rider breakaway to establish a solid lead over the peloton.
BMC Development Team kept the advantage of the pair under control and set a fast tempo at the front of the peloton for the majority of the day before the race came back together going into the final 5km of the stage.
With the final kilometers littered with crashes, it was a nervous finish to the stage with Christopher Latham (Great Britain Cycling Team) eventually winning the bunch sprint ahead of Cees Bol (Rabobank Development Team), who took six bonus seconds on the line and consequently overtook Sivakov on the General Classification.
Lukas Spengler was BMC Development Team's top-placed rider in Reuver as he crossed the line in eighth place to continue the team’s run of top ten finishes at Olympia’s Tour while Sivakov got caught up in the chaotic finale and now sits 3 seconds behind Bol going into tomorrow’s decisive final stage.
Quotes from the Race Car with Klaas Lodewyck, Sports Director:
“We lost the jersey today but we are behind by just three seconds so for us it is not that bad. The team all rode really strong today and we were happy with it going to a bunch sprint as it meant we could give Bram Welten a chance to go for the stage again but it was a crazy finale in the peloton with four crashes in the last kilometer.”
“While Pavel was not involved in any of the crashes he was caught out slightly and slipped off the wheel of the leading riders, as did Bram. Cees Bol (Rabobank Development Team) was able to take advantage of this and finish second to claim six bonus seconds and take the leader’s jersey.”
“With such a small gap between first and second it is still all to play for and now tomorrow we don’t need to control and this will take some of the pressure off us and we can really take all the opportunities that are handed to us to firstly try and take the overall win, and secondly to keep our place on the podium.”
Stage 5: Reuver - Reuver, 145.4km
Top 3: 1. Christopher Latham (Great Britain Cycling Team) 2. Cees Bol (Rabobank Development Team) 3. Jason Lowndes (Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 8. Lukas Spengler 32. Pavel Sivakov 37. Bram Welten
BMC Development Team Top 3 on GC: 2. Pavel Sivakov 8. Lukas Spengler 20. Pascal Eenkhoorn