Tour de Pays des Savoie Stage 2: Decisive Final Climb17. June 2016, Buchten (NED) — Development Team
The final climb of the day proved decisive on Tour de Pays des Savoie Stage 2 with Kilian Frankiny breaking into the top ten on the General Classification.
After being part of the day’s breakaway, Frankiny still looked in strong form as he battled it out with the other GC contenders on the slopes of final climb.
The pace was fast and there were burst of acceleration and attacks from almost everyone, including Frankiny, in the select group of riders.
Eventually, Frankiny finished in tenth place, 51 seconds behind the stage winner and new race leader Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto-Soudal U23), and he now sits tenth on the General Classification, 1’01” back.
Quotes of the Day
Sport Director, Jens Blatter said: “Today’s stage was very hard with more than 3500 meters of climbing and almost no flat sections to recover. The peloton was split early and Kilian had a fantastic race. He was in the day’s main breakaway and despite being caught with 30 kilometers to go, he still had enough power on the slopes of the last climb to challenge some of the race’s best riders. Now we can look forward to another hard day tomorrow with a big mountain stage in the morning followed by an individual time trial in the afternoon.”
“TJ [Taylor Eisenhart] put in a good ride as well today especially after his crash at the end of yesterday’s stage.”
Kilian Frankiny said: “The stage was never easy today. The pace was fast right from the beginning and we were always riding either up or down, there was no flat roads at all today. When the bunch split on an early descent, I was able to get into the front group before it all came back together for the final climb.”
“I was feeling good, I had good legs and tried to attack a couple of times and eventually it was only the leaders from each team still at the front. There was lots of quick bursts of acceleration which I was able to match right up until the final 2 kilometers to go when I was unfortunately dropped. I’ve moved into tenth on the GC which is positive and I feel in good shape so we will see what happens over the next two days.”
Tour de Pays des Savoie (UCI 2.2)
Stage 2: Barby - Les Déserts, 118km
Top 3: 1. Harm Vanhoucke (Lotto-Soudal U23) 2. Léo Vincent (CC Etupes) 3. Bryan Nauleau (Direct Energie)
BMC Development Team Top 3:
10. Kilian Frankiny
49. Martin Schäppi
86. Taylor Eisenhart