Three in Top Five on Stage 2 at the Giro d’Italia U2310. June 2017, San Valentino (Castellarano) (ITA) — Development Team
BMC Development Team continued to show its strength in Italy with three riders finishing inside the top five on Giro d’Italia U23 stage 2.
For the second day in a row, it was a battle to get into the breakaway but after an hour, a group of eight riders, including Tanguy Turgis, went clear off the front of the bunch.
After reaching a maximum of over 2’30”, the breakaway’s advantage began to fall and eventually heading onto the final circuit around Castellarano, with just over 30km to go, the race was back together.
The attacks soon followed with two riders trying their luck at the front of the race. However with BMC Development Team hitting the front of the bunch, they were eventually pulled back with 4km to go.
On the final kick up to the finish line, Aleksandr Riabushenko (Palazzago Soligo Amaru) attacked and was able to put some distance between himself and the chasing peloton.
In the end, it was just enough to take the win with Sivakov and Müller leading the bunch across the line to finish second and third respectively on the stage, two seconds behind Riabushenko, while Jasper Philipsen rounded out the top five behind them.
Sivakov and Müller now sit third and fourth on the General Classification, 13 seconds and 15 seconds back on current race leader, Neilson Powless (Axeon Hagens Berman)
Turgis won the intermediate sprint earlier in the day and now leads the Points Classification while Sivakov is sitting first in the Best Your Rider Classification.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“The race went well for us today. We had Tanguy Turgis in the early breakaway so we didn’t have to do the chasing. All the team did a great job and kept me in a good position. I am really thankful for that. Everybody is in good shape here and with three guys in the top five I think we showed how strong we are.”
“I felt really good on today’s stage. I tried to go with the breakaway at the beginning but it took a long time for a breakaway to get some space. For us it was perfect that we had Tanguy in there. Behind the group, Bram Welten and Pascal Eenkhoorn took care of us and brought us into the finish in the perfect position. I’m happy with my podium finish and it gives me confidence for the upcoming five days.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“It was another good day for us. Tanguy Turgis made it into the breakaway and this was something that we had planned. He did everything he could and even after yesterday, when he was working all day, he was looking strong and even won the intermediate sprint.”
“Eventually, with one lap to go, the group got pulled back and two riders immediately attacked. I thought that they would be chased down but no one took responsibility until out guys hit the front. This attack was then pulled back and the guys did the maximum they could to win again today. With three guys in the top five it was a good day and now we sit third and fourth with Pavel Sivakov and Patrick Müller on the GC so it’s perfect after two days.”
Giro d’Italia U23
Stage 2: Castellarano > San Valentino (Castellarano), 145.8km
Top 3: 1. Aleksandr Riabushenko (Palazzago Soligo Amaru) 2. Pavel Sivakov (BMC Development Team) 3. Patrick Müller (BMC Development Team)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 2. Pavel Sivakov 3. Patrick Müller 5. Jasper Philipsen