Rosskopf Takes Victory on Tour du Limousin Stage 116. August 2016, Oradour-sur-Glane (FRA) — Road Team
It was the perfect opening to Tour du Limousin for BMC Racing Team as Joey Rosskopf took the win, and claimed the first leader’s jersey of the race, following a fast and furious finale to Stage 1.
As soon as the race hit kilometer zero attacks started to fly off the front of the peloton, including on from TJ Eisenhart, but they were all swiftly pulled back by the peloton.
After around 40 kilometers out on the road, Rosskopf made a strong move to distance himself from the peloton and was able to successfully breakaway with two other riders.
The group grew in size as they race reached the halfway point with 13 riders working together for most of the day to hold a maximum lead of 2 minutes 30 seconds.
Despite the peloton setting a storming pace behind them, six remaining breakaway riders were able to stay in front and go all the way to the line with Rosskopf eventually proving the strongest on the day.
Winner’s Interview with Joey Rosskopf
Congratulations, Joey! How did you feel when your crossed the finish line today?
“I felt awesome, in fact I couldn’t quite believe it right away but I’m super happy! There hasn’t been many races in the last year or two where I have been involved in a sprint or in a breakaway that made it to the line so I felt a little rusty. It definitely helped that we saw the line before the actual finish so I knew what to expect as I was really able to give it my all in the sprint.”
When you made successful breakaway move, did you think that the stage win was possible?
“I definitely didn’t know that I would be the strongest rider in the breakaway today. I came into the race a little unsure how I had recovered from Utah. At the beginning of the race it was super aggressive and we knew we needed someone in the break because it was going to be hard to control this course. For the first half of the race in the break I was definitely in survival mode. Then as we settled into it more everything started to click again and my body got warmed up and I was feeling a lot more confident in the last 50 kilometers.”
And looking ahead to the rest of the race?
“I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the race and I’m hoping it it is good stage for us tomorrow. Hopefully the guys aren't too mad at me for making them ride at the front and defend the jersey tomorrow but we are definitely a strong team and motivation is high. It will be hard to defend the jersey as I think the time bonuses will be important for winning the race overall but we will give it our all and will see what happens.”
“I think this stage win feels really rewarding for us as a team, especially as a lot of us came here from Utah where everyone was riding really well but we weren’t able to get the stage win so it’s a little like redemption.”
Sports Director, Jackson Stewart said: “We knew that the race was going to be wide open on the first day and aggressive with a lot of local teams here. On paper, it looked like it was going to be a sprint finish but we knew we wanted to be in there if a big break went away.”
“We started really aggressive with [TJ] Eisenhart launching an attack as well as a few others and finally Joey was able to get away with a small group which then increased to 13 riders with [Manuel] Senni in there at one point too. Everyone in the break worked hard together and they eventually made it which was really cool to see and I’m super happy for Joey.”
“We came into this race without a clear leader and after missing out on stage wins recently, especially with the riders here from Utah, this win is definitely a great way to represent the effort that we have all been putting in.”
Tour du Limousin
Stage 1: Limoges - Oradour-sur-Glane, 165.4km
Top 3: 1. Joey Rosskopf (BMC Racing Team) 2. Hubert Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale) 3. Nicolas Edet (Cofidis)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 1. Joey Rosskopf 8. Rick Zabel 61. Alessandro de Marchi