Top Ten Finishes for Spengler and Eenkhoorn in France27. July 2016, Sausheim (FRA) — Development Team
BMC Development Team’s Lukas Spengler and Pascal Eenkhoorn finished second and sixth respectively on the opening 7.1 kilometer prologue at Tour Alsace.
Curtis White (USA U23 Cycling) set an early benchmark of 9:05.30, which was enough to take the stage victory and the first leader’s jersey of the competition.
It was a tight race for the remaining places behind him with only seven seconds separating the top ten finishers. Spengler crossed the line four seconds behind White, while Eenkhoorn was six seconds back and now leads the Best Young Rider classification.
Quotes of the day
Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck said: “We knew we had a strong team coming into today's prologue and that we would be able to challenge for results. It was great to see both Lukas and Pascal finish in strong positions and we will look to continue this good form over the rest of the week as we turn our attention to the General Classification.”
Lukas Spengler said: “Technical prologues like that are definitely something that suit me. I knew the course well going into it and I felt like I had good legs so I trusted that I would do well today. I went full gas and gave it a lot of power going into the corners so I am really happy about my result and that I could bring my skills to the finish line.”
Pascal Eenkhoorn said: “The course was super technical today and for me that was good thing, I like that type of parcours. I was feeling good right from the beginning of the day when we did the course recon. I was one of the last guys to start so I knew what sort of time I had to do for a good place. Everything went perfect right from the start but I just missed the final power in the end to go for the win. I am happy with how I did though and I am looking forward to the rest of the week.”
Tour Alsace (UCI 2.2)
Prologue: Sausheim - Sausheim, 7.1km
Top 3: 1. Curtis White (USA Cycling U23) 2. Lukas Spengler (BMC Development Team) 3. Elias Van Breussegem (Veranda Willems)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 2. Lukas Spengler 6. Pascal Eenkhoorn 35. Bas Tietema