Top Ten Finish and GC Defence on Tour du Limousin Stage 217. August 2016, Auzances (FRA) — Road Team
After missing out on the opportunity yesterday, Tour du Limousin Stage 2 came down to a battle of the sprinters with a top ten finish for Rick Zabel while Joey Rosskopf crossed the line with the bunch to maintain his lead on the General Classification.
Despite the peloton setting a fast place right from the start of today’s stage, a four-rider breakaway was able to escape off the front of the group after only 10 kilometers of racing.
The group led for the majority of the day but their advantage never reached beyond 3 minutes 30 seconds as the peloton, led by BMC Racing Team, kept tight control of the race and they were finally reeled back in with 25 kilometers to go.
With the race back together a bunch sprint looked inevitable and eventually it was Roman Maikin (Gazprom-RusVelo) who emerged as the winner in a photo finish on the line.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Joey Rosskopf said:
"The day was almost easy for me thanks to all the work of the team. The breakaway went away early so, my nerves quickly faded. It was my first day in yellow, but my teammates have a lot of experience and that really reassured me. They are machines!”
“At the end, I had to follow a couple of the attacks but when Visconti and Maikin went just before the flamme rouge, I chose not to make the effort because I thought it would come back to a sprint and I kept the yellow jersey. That's the most important thing. I’m feeling confident for the next two days. Tomorrow’s stage will be tiring but my teammates are very strong."
Sports Director, Jackson Stewart said:
“We knew that it was an uphill sprint today but we thought that if it came down to a field sprint that Rick Zabel would have a chance and he was up there at the end. Overall today we did a really good job defending the jersey. Everybody rode really hard especially Peter Velits and Manuel Senni who rode most of the day alone up at the front of the peloton. Joey was really attentive all day and was able to mark a few dangerous attacks in the final and Alessandro de Marchi was always there calling the shots and keeping everyone on the same game place so all in all it was a good day.”
“Of course we were hoping that we could be on the podium again for the stage but it just didn’t work out today. We’re still taking this race day by day but it was a positive day for us today and we are hopeful that we can protect the time bonuses and try to keep the jersey all the way to the end. That’s a good goal and we have the perfect team to do that but we are definitely still hungry for stage wins as well so we will keep looking at all the opportunities as the arise.”
Tour du Limousin
Stage 2: Dun-le-Palestel - Auzances, 173.6
Top 3: 1. Roman Maikin (Gazprom-RusVelo) 2. Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) 3. Francesco Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 10. Rick Zabel 28. Joey Rosskopf 44. Fabian Lienhard