Welten Third in Bunch Sprint at Grand Prix de la Ville de Pérenchies23. July 2017, Pérenchies (FRA) — Development Team
Bram Welten kicked off the second part of his season with a strong performance at Grand Prix de la Ville de Pérenchies, stepping onto the podium after finishing third in the bunch sprint.
The race was in a constant state of flux over the opening six laps around Pérenchies with attack after attack being pulled back by the peloton.
Heading into the second half of the 163.2km course, and with the next six laps all including tricky cobbled sections, riders continued to battle for position at the front of the peloton.
With no pause in the action, the attacks began to heat up with 30km to go and Tanguy Turgis was part of a 14-rider move that was holding onto an advantage going onto the final 15.2km lap and looked like it could make a difference.
After suffering a puncture and needing a wheel change, Welten was forced to work hard to make his way back into the chasing peloton and with 10km to go, he had regained his position at the front of the bunch.
A relentless pace continued to be set behind the Turgis-led front group and eventually with just 1km to go, the stage was set for a fast and furious bunch sprint.
Despite launching an impressive sprint in the closing meters of the race, Welten had to settle for third behind eventual winner Roy Jans (WB-Veranclassic- Aqua Protect) and Cameron Bayly (Isowhey Swiss Wellness).
Quotes From the Finish Line
“The race was controlled all the way to the 30km to go mark and then the attacks really started to heat up. Tanguy Turgis was in a strong move going onto the final lap but in that moment I had a flat and had to work hard to come back with less than 10km to go. I was a bit surprised in the finish by the rider who won but I can still be happy with third. It’s a good way to start after some time off racing.”
Sports Director, Klaas Lodewyck:
“Today was a good day for us. While we didn’t take the win, we can be happy with third place. The pace was high all day over the 12 local laps, the first six without any cobbled sections and the last six with. The race never settled down with attacks constantly being pulled back by the bunch. With three laps to go, the guys went up to the front to help set the pace and bring the race together again. Jasper Philipsen had a flat on the penultimate lap and we had to bring him back before Tanguy Turgis was part of a 14-rider attack on the final lap. He rode intelligently out in front and kept in the wheels just in case the group made it to the line.”
“Bram Welten also had a flat on the last lap and we worked hard to bring him back to the bunch as he was our leader if the race came down to a sprint. He made it safely onto the front of the peloton and the race then came back together with 1km to go. It’s a bit of a shame as maybe he could have done better, and even won, if he hadn’t had to work hard to get back into the group but that’s cycling. I think we can be happy with how everyone was riding today.”
Grand Prix de la Ville de Pérenchies
One day race: Pérenchies > Pérenchies, 163.2km
Top 3: 1. Roy Jans (WB-Veranclassic- Aqua Protect) 2. Cameron Bayly (Isowhey Swiss Wellness) 3. Bram Welten (BMC Racing Team)