Top Ten Finish For Turgis on BMC Development Team Debut12. March 2017, Rucphen (NED) — Development Team
Tanguy Turgis made his racing debut with BMC Development Team at Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen today (March 12) and put in a solid ride at the front of the race over the closing kilometers to secure a top ten finish.
It took over 70km of racing before a four-rider breakaway was able to break free of the peloton’s grasp and extend an advantage which reached a maximum of two minutes.
However, with the peloton looking determined to take the race to a bunch sprint, their pace increased and the breakaway was reeled in approaching the final 22.4km lap.
Unfortunately as teams began to jostle for position, a crash in the main bunch saw the race split into multiple pieces with Turgis, Martin Schäppi and Mario Spengler finding themselves in the leading group.
Before heading into the final 10km of the race, the leading group had split again with Turgis in the best position to make the jump across and ride at the front of the race to the finish.
Eventually, the stage win came down to a final sprint for the line between this select group of riders with Turgis battling his way through the group to finish ninth behind Maarten Van Trijp (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b Mantel).
Leo Appelt was caught up in the late crash and was forced to stop racing. Appelt was taken to hospital for observation and an update on his condition will be provided when possible.
Quotes from the Finish Line
“This was my first race with the team and everyone was strong and we were all motivated to continue the team’s string of early season success. We came into this race looking to set up a possible bunch sprint for Bram Welten or Pierre Barbier, but we were unlucky as a crash saw the peloton split before the final, short lap. After that it was just Mario Spengler, Martin Schäppi and myself in the first group. In the end, I had worked so hard to keep with the front group that I just didn’t have the legs for the final sprint. It is a shame because we could have done better however there are lots of positive I can take away. I really enjoyed my experience with the team, the dynamic is good with everyone and I felt like my form was there. I can’t wait to get back in the peloton with these guys.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“I’m really impressed with how Tanguy Turgis rode today. This was his first official race with the team and he was able to stick with the front group at a crucial point in the race and put in a good effort over the full 191km. After three consecutive victories, we were super motivated heading into this race and even though today’s result was not what we were looking for, I think everyone was really strong once again. It was unfortunate that the late crash split the peloton but we made the best out of the situation.”
Leo Appelt - Medical Update
BMC Development Team Doctor, Dr. Scott Major:
“After his crash, Leo Appelt was taken to hospital where x-rays confirm he suffered a fracture of the distal portion of his right collarbone. Fortunately, the fracture does not require surgery at this stage and while that does mean it will take more time to heal, I think he will be able to return to a normal training load after a recovery period of between three to four weeks.”
“When I hit the ground, I felt a little bit of pain in my shoulder but not enough that suggested anything was broken. I got back on the bike and as the race went on the pain continued to increase in my shoulder and so eventually we made the decision that I should stop racing.”
“I am now even more motivated to come back from this in even better form. I am obviously disappointed to have to halt my season at this point but I can’t change it. The most important thing is that I give myself time to heal properly and then start working hard again.”
Rabobank Dorpenomloop Rucphen
One day race / 191km
Top 3: 1. Maarten Van Trijp (Metec - TKH Continental Cyclingteam p/b Mantel) 2. Fabio Jakobsen (SEG Racing Team) 3. Raymond Kreder (Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
BMC Development Team Top 3: 9. Tanguy Turgis 13. Pierre Barbier 14. Bram Welten