Tour de Berlin: Four Riders in Top Ten on GC16. May 2016, Birkenwerder, Berlin (GER) — Development Team
At the end of final stage in Berlin, four BMC Development Team riders finished in the top ten on the General Classification with Nathan van Hooydonck leading the way in fourth place.
Despite a strong challenge from the BMC Development Team in the final few kilometers, the day’s 151.2km stage was ultimately won in a second consecutive bunch sprint by Pascal Ackermann (Rad-Net Rose Team). Pavel Sivakov crossed the line fourth and Nathan Van Hooydonck rounded out the top ten.
On the final GC standings at the Tour de Berlin, Van Hooydonck was joined by Pascal Eenkhoorn (5th), Bas Tietema (8th), and Pavel Sivakov (9th).
With strong finishes across all four days, the BMC Development Team won the race’s Team Classification, while Pascal Eenkhoorn took home the final White Jersey as leader in the Youth Classification ahead of teammate Sivakov.
Race reaction from inside the team car
Sport director, Klass Lodewyck said: “Today was actually a really good day for us, we had good plan. We wanted to go out straight away and make the race hard but the laps were not hard enough to do that so then we decided with the team to give it everything in the final cobbled section and actually that happened really well because with 400 meters to go we still had four guys in the lead.”
“We were really controlling the pack to put Nathan up there for the win so he could challenge for the GC but then everything came back in the just the last few hundred meters so it went into a sprint and we couldn't go for GC."
“We played everything or nothing today because we cam here wanting to win. I am thankful to all the guys, they did a really good job today! They gave it everything and for me I am happy with what the guys showed out there.”
Tour de Berlin (UCI 2.2)
Stage 4: Birkenwerder - Birkenwerder, 151.2km
Top 3: 1. Pascal Ackermann (Rad-Net Rose Team) 2. KOnrad Gessner (P&S Team Thüringen) 3. Dario Rapps (Team Kuota - Lotto)
BMC Development Team Top 3
4. Pavel Sivakov
10. Nathan van Hooydonck
11. Bas Tietema