Van Hooydonck Named Most Active Rider on Final Day in China21. octobre 2018, Guilin (CHN) — Road Team
Nathan Van Hooydonck spent his final day of racing in 2018 at the front of the action, riding as part of the breakaway and putting in an effort that saw him named the Most Active Rider of Tour of Guangxi stage 6 after the bunch sprint for the line.
Despite the wet weather conditions, the race got off to a fast start on stage 6 with the peloton still all together after various moves were pulled back in the opening 15 kilometers, of the 169-kilometer course.
Shortly after, the peloton loosened the reins, allowing six riders, including Van Hooydonck, to go clear and begin to opening up an advantage that was sitting at more than three minutes at the halfway point of the stage.
The gap remained stable at the start of the first of two categorized climbs and Van Hooydonck was continuing to help drive the pace as the road began to rise and the main bunch started to turn up the heat.
With 25 kilometers to go, the peloton, which was being led by a mix of Team Sky riders and sprinters’ team, had pulled the leaders back to 1’10” but, the efforts of Van Hooydonck and Tosh Van Der Sande, saw the duo hold off the catch right up to the five-kilometre to go mark.
As soon as the race was back together, the battle for position began but with the rain continuing to fall in Guilin it made for a tricky finale and in the end, after a chaotic bunch sprint for the line, it was Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) who took the win.
Van Hooydonck, who spent his second day in the breakaway of the race, stepped onto the podium as the Most Active Rider of the race and after taking bonus seconds at all of the intermediate sprints, he moved up into the top twenty on the General Classification.
Quotes From the Finish Line:
Nathan Van Hooydonck:
“The start of the race was pretty fast and pretty wet. I think at the start we were averaging around 49 kilometers per hour. Stefan and me said to each other that we should have someone in the breakaway as this will be the last race for the team as ‘BMC Racing Team’. I was happy to be in the breakaway and taking the Most Active Rider prize is a nice bonus but the main reason I went in the breakaway was to get bonus seconds and move back into the top twenty overall which was a good thing for the team in terms of UCI WorldTour points.”
“Myself and Tosh Van Der Sande, who actually lives close to me, were both doing strong pulls and as soon as we started to speed up it was only me and him that could do really long pulls, the other guys were suffering a little more but I don’t blame them, everybody does what they can. I think if we had maybe had one more guys with us pulling then we could have made it a little but further. However with the sprinters’ teams here, it would have been really difficult to make it to the finish.”
“Overall, I am happy with my last race of the season. I think sometimes guys find it hard to motivate themselves to race at this time of year but you have to make it to the finish line so you might as well give it a go and make the most of it. That’s what I did on stage 3 and stage 6 and I am very happy with how I raced here.”
Tour of Guangxi
Stage 6: Guilin > Guilin, 169km
Top 3: 1. Fabio Jakobsen (Quick-Step Floors) 2. Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) 3. Rüdiger Selig (BORA-hansgrohe)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 24. Jürgen Roelandts 47. Nathan Van Hooydonck 50. Stefan Küng
Top 3 on GC: 1. Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) 2. Felix Großschartner (BORA-hansgrohe) 3. Sergei Chernetski (Astana Pro Team)
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 17. Nathan Van Hooydonck 46. Jürgen Roelandts 48. Stefan Küng