Rosskopf Maintains GC Lead at Tour du Limousin18. August 2016, Liginiac (FRA) — Road Team
BMC Racing Team’s Joey Rosskopf finished safely with the main General Classification group on Tour du Limousin Stage 3 to successfully defend his overall lead going into the tomorrow’s decisive final day of racing.
It was a hard and fast start to the day with the peloton strung out across the road at they worked hard to mark attack after attack.
It wasn’t until over 1 hour 30 minutes of racing that an eight-rider breakaway was able to establish a lead but the peloton never lost control of the race, keeping the time gap to within 2 minutes 20 seconds.
The remaining breakaway riders were caught by the main General Classification group with three kilometers to go before a technical final section saw Rosskopf cross the line in tenth position behind stage winner, Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF).
Quotes from the Finish Line
Joey Rosskopf said:
““It was a super hard stage today. The biggest climb of the race was only 25 kilometres into the stage and we really had to race hard up it and in fact the whole peloton split apart at that point. It wasn't until after an hour and half that the stage was really set up with a strong group of guys up the front.”
“The team had to work super hard but they kept the gap around within reach all day as we didn’t want to give them too much time. Everyone rode fantastic again and it is really humbling that they are riding like this for me. I did my best to stay up there in the last section of the race when the attacks from GC group started. It was quite a technical finish and it was super fast from top of the final climb to the line with small roads, like everywhere around here, and a lot of turns. It was mayhem.”
“The podium is definitely something I’m looking towards, it’s still really close at the top of the GC but the the team is riding amazing and so we are really going to go for it tomorrow.”
Sports Director, Jackson Stewart said:
“It was a really hard day. We started out with wet roads and there were a lot of attacks and a lot of teams who wanted to attack. Plus we had bigger climbs than the previous days so all our guys had to work hard to keep it together. Eventually the breakaway went away which was good and then we rode hard all day. In the end some other teams wanted to help and put a few guys up front and we we able to bring back the breakaway. We lost a little bit of time on the line today due to the time bonuses so it will be difficult to defend the jersey tomorrow but we will definitely look at the stage and give it everything.”
Tour du Limousin
Stage 3: Le Lonzac - Liginiac, 179.9km
Top 3: 1. Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) 2. Marc Soler (Movistar Team) 3. Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Joey Rosskopf 11. Rick Zabel 29. Alessandro de Marchi