That's a Wrap on Driedaagse de Panne-Koksijde31. March 2016, De Panne (BEL) — Road Team
Tom Bohli narrowly missed out on his second time trial win of the season in an eventful two-stage final day of Driedaagse de Panne-Koksijde.
The opening stage, a road race of 111.5km, saw a crash-marred bunch sprint to the line, won by Marcel Kittel. In the afternoon, a 14.2km individual time trial was the final decider for the General Classification and saw Maciej Bodnar (Tinkoff) just edge Tony Martin (Etixx Quick Step) and Bohli out of the win.
Bohli put in a brilliant ITT to smash the first intermediate point by four seconds at the 5.3km mark, and eventually finished in third place, just tenths of a second off the win.
“It was a pretty hard TT so I’m really happy with my result. This morning on the start line of the first stage I wasn’t feeling 100% so I was a bit worried about the time trial this afternoon. So I’m really happy that I managed to put in such a good TT,” Bohli said.
“I’m now trying to focus a bit more of my time trialling but it is certainly good proof for myself that my shape is good and I’m on the right track for the rest of the season.”
A solid three days of racing saw Loïc Vliegen take home the King of the Mountain jersey and Stefan Küng finish in seventh place on the General Classification.
“I’m really happy to take the King of the Mountain jersey home. I wanted to do something for my two friends who I lost this week. This jersey is for them too. I knew that I was in good form and I’m now going into Volta Limburg Classic on Saturday which is a good race for me, so I’ll try my best there too,” Vliegen said.
Sports Director Max Sciandri said it was a successful three days of racing for BMC Racing Team.
“It’s a tough race and when you look at the quality line up of riders who were there, I think we can walk away happy with our result. We didn’t get a win but Tom put in a great ride today, we took the KOM jersey, and were in the top ten on GC and third in the team classification. So all in all, a good result.”
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