Van Hooydonck Third on GC after Double Day of Racing15. May 2016, Paplitz/Baruth-Mark, Berlin (GER) — Development Team
Day three in Berlin proved doubly tough for the BMC Development Team as the raced in a 21.4km individual time trial before joining the peloton for a 137.5km road stage.
Belgian national champion Nathan van Hooydonck showed his time trialling strength this morning as he finished second in the day’s time trial, 11 second behind new race leader Remi Cavagna (Klein Constantia Cycling Team).
Pascal Eenkhoorn was also in the mix at the top as he crossed the line fourth fastest and now leads the Youth Classification.
Later in the day, Bas Tietema was part of a 10 rider breakaway that was able to extend an early advantage and force Klein Constantia Cycling Team to work hard at the front of the peloton.
In the final kilometers of the stage, the BMC Development Team launched attack after attack but eventually the stage went down to a bunch sprint that was won by Pascal Ackermann (rad-net ROSE Team).
Pavel Sivakov was the first BMC Development Team rider across the line, finishing fourth after a strong challenge for the line in the final straight. Nathan van Hooydonck showed no signs of weakness after his earlier exertions. He finished tenth and and now sits third on the GC behind race leader Cavagna.
Race review from the BMC Teammachine
Nathan van Hooydonck said: “I’m really happy with my performance in the time trial this morning. Of course it would have been great to finish in first place especially for the GC but I’m happy with how I rode and it means I’m now sitting third on GC, only ten seconds from the leader.”
“In the afternoon stage, Bas was in the breakaway which was really good for us as it meant that we didn’t have to pull at the front. We made sure that we maintained a good position, sitting second behind Klein Constantia for most of the stage.”
“With two laps to go we tried to make the peloton split and it was successful for a while but then in the final section it was really hectic. There were a lot of attacks from us. First Lukas attacked on the cobbled section and then Pascal tried at two kilometers to go. Then it was myself, Bas and Pavel in the first 15 guys moving into the final straight.”
“I tried to make an attack on the left side of the road but then the group went left so I was a little bit locked in. Pavel was pretty close to the win and he is riding really fast so that is also promising for the tomorrow and the coming races.”
Tour de Berlin (UCI 2.2)
Stage 2 (ITT): Paplitz > Paplitz, 21.4km
Top 3: 1. Remi Cavagna (Klein Constantia Cycling Team) 2. Nathan van Hooydonck (BMC Development Team) 3. Kasper Asgreen (Team Trefor)
Stage 3: Baruth-Mark > Baruth-Mark, 137.5km
Top 3: 1. Pascal Ackermann (rad-net ROSE Team) 2. Dario Rapps (Team Kuota-Lotto) 3. Leon Rohde (LKT Team Brandenburg)