Tour de Berlin Stage 1: Late Attack Splits Peloton14. May 2016, Schäferberg, Berlin (GER) — Development Team
The first road stage of the Tour de Berlin saw the BMC Development Team race 16 laps of a 7.6km circuit around Berlin’s Wannsee district and the Schäferberg or ‘Shepherd Mountain’.
Despite coming back together at the halfway point, two riders were able to extend a time gap over the peloton before Lukas Schlemmer (WSA-Greenlife) eventually won the stage.
The BMC Development Team finished 18 seconds back with the main bunch and despite losing time today, Nathan van Hooydonck sits third on the GC.
Reaction from inside the race car
Sport director, Klaas Lodewyck said: “Everything was going well for us today and the team were able to ride well and work hard to catch the early breakaway but then another attacked happened and the riders were able to pull away from the pack. In the end two riders were able to stay out in front and finished with an 18 second advantage so that meant we lost our top position on the GC.”
“Now I think we have to look forward and start thinking about tomorrow’s individual time trial because we have a strong team with strong TT riders like Nathan [Van Hooydonck] and I think we will be able to fight for the win. So, we really have to focus on that and try to let go of some of the negative frustrations that we might have just now.”
Tour de Berlin (UCI 2.2)
Stage 1: Schäferberg - Schäferberg, 121.6km
Top 3: 1. Lukas Schlemmer (WSA-Greenlife) 2. Maximilian Schachman (Klein Constantia Cycling Team) 3. Jonas Bokeloh (Klein Constantia Cycling Team)