Spengler on the Attack on Tour Alsace Stage 229. July 2016, Huningue (FRA) — Development Team
BMC Development Team’s Lukas Spengler was out at the front for most of Tour Alsace Stage 2 before the race eventually came down to a second consecutive bunch sprint for the line, which was won by Timothy Dupont (Veranda Willems).
Spengler was part of the an early seven-rider breakaway group that was able to extend a maximum advantage of three minutes.
When the peloton picked up the pace after the feed zone, the group’s advantage dropped to inside a minute and it was at this point that Spengler accelerated alongside another rider. As the duo crossed the finish line for the first time, Spengler push hard again and rode solo for a further 35 kilometers.
With only 13 kilometers to go, Spengler came into the view of the main bunch and he was eventually caught before the final sprint for the line.
Quotes from the finish line
Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck said: “Today was a good day with Lukas. He did a great ride and was able to put all the other teams under pressure but unfortunately, after all of his efforts, the race was just 10 kilometers too long for him today. The other guys also did another excellent job today and I am confident that we are in a good position as we head into the tomorrow’s tough queen stage.”
Lukas Spengler said: “I really gave it everything I had today to go for the stage win and maybe take the yellow jersey. Today's parcours was almost perfect for me with some small climbs to start with and than a flat road to the finish. I felt really strong today and was even able to drop Bouwmans from Rabobank to ride solo at the front of the race for 35 kilometers. I gave it my all today and I am really happy with my performance and hopefully, the next time, I will be able to go all the way to end.”
Tour Alsace (UCI 2.2)
Stage 2: Altkirch - Huningue, 151.2km
Top 3: 1. Timothy Dupont (Veranda Willems) 2. Max Kanter (LKT Team Brandenburg) 3. Vincent Baestaens (Beobank - Corendon)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 69. Kilian Frankiny 72. Patrick Müller 82. Pascal Eenkhoorn