Welten Third on Double Day of Racing for BMC Development Team28. July 2016, Heuvellandsweg (BEL) / Dannemarie (FRA) — Development Team
BMC Development Team were racing on two occasions today with Bram Welten taking third place at Internatie Reningelst in Belgium and Lukas Spengler and Pascal Eenkhoorn maintaining their top ten places on the General Classification at Tour Alsace.
Welten was part of an early 17-rider breakaway and as the group headed into the final lap of the race they were still holding a strong advantage over the rest of the field. Mulitple attacks soon followed and eventually two riders distanced themselves off the front.
Welten was chasing hard behind them and crossed the line third to take the final place on the rostrum behind Benjamin Verraes (Team Cibel-Cebon) and Emiel Vermeulen (Team 3M).
Earlier in the race, Mario Spengler was involved in a crash and was forced to stop racing.
Meanwhile in France on Tour Alsace Stage 1, the day’s 171.8km race came down to a predicated bunch sprint for the line.
After setting themselves up in a good position on yesterday’s prologue, BMC Development Team worked hard at the front of the peloton to reel in the day’s breakaway before crossing the line safely with the main bunch behind stage winner Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems).
Spengler now heads into Stage 2 in third place on the General Classification, four seconds behind new race leader Dupont, while Eenkhoorn sits seventh only eight seconds back.
Quotes from the finish line in Belgium
Bram Welten said: “I was feeling really good today during the race and felt like I was riding comfortably and the speed felt easy. I was in the break right from the beginning with 16 others guys and we were able to set a really fast pace. In the final part of the race it was definitely hard to chase down the two leaders solo but I finished just a couple of meters behind them. I’m happy with my condition right now and with today’s result.”
Quotes from inside the Sports Director's car in France
Klaas Lodewyck said: “The guys rode really well today! The worked well together and that was what I was really wanting to see from them. We were even able to take a couple of bonus seconds with Lukas during the stage. With just over one kilometer to go Kilian was involved in a crash but thankfully it wasn’t too serious and he was able to get back on his bike and carry on racing to the line. The whole team is still really motivated to battle for the top places on the General Classification and I definitely think we are in a good position to do so successfully.”
Medical updates from BMC Development Team Dr. Scott Major
"Both Mario and Kilian crashed during their respective races yesterday and suffered minor scrapes and some road rash. Kilian was able to get back on the bike and continue racing however Mario landed on his head, breaking his helmet, and while his injuries there were minor it was in best interest to stop racing. He should not need any time off the bike and will be able to continue with his current race schedule."
Internatie Reningelst (UCI 1.12)
One day race / 158.6km
Top 3: 1. Benjamin Verraes (Team Cibel-Cebon) 2. Emiel Vermeulen (Team 3M) 3. Bram Welten (BMC Development Team)
BMC Development Team Top 3: To follow.
Tour Alsace (UCI 2.2)
Stage 1: Velleminfroy - Dannemarie, 171.8km
Top 3: 1. Timothy Dupont (Verandas Willems) 2. Stan Godrie (Rabobank Development Team) 3. Vincent Baestaens (Beobank - Corendon)
BMC Development Team Top 3: 21. Lukas Spengler 44. Patrick Müller 63. Zeke Mostov