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Loïc Vliegen has made a smooth adjustment to the professional ranks. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Loïc Vliegen has made a smooth adjustment to the professional ranks. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Arctic Race of Norway, Stage 3: Vliegen 10th

16. agosto 2014

Stagiaire Loïc Vliegen notched his third top 10 placing in four races for the BMC Racing Team Saturday with 10th place on the mountain-top finish at the Arctic Race of Norway.

Moinard In 12th Overall
Vliegen arrived 15 seconds behind stage winner Simon Spilak (Katusha Team) in the 132-kilometer race to hold onto 10th place overall with one day remaining. "I just followed the attacks because there was a lot of wind on the climb," Vliegen said. "I was not in a good position for the sprint because somebody in front of me stopped me. But I have good sensations for tomorrow. It might be another hard stage." The former BMC Development Team rider is 32 seconds behind new race leader Steven Kruijswijk (Belkin Pro Cycling), who is eight seconds ahead of the rider he displaced, teammate Lars-Peter Nordhaug. BMC Racing Team's Amaël Moinard was 12th in the same finish time, and is 12th overall, 42 seconds back.

Adjusting To Pro Races
Sport Director Yvon Ledanois said there is still a chance for both BMC Racing Team riders to move up in Sunday's 165 km race that includes five laps of a finishing circuit. "The circuit has a small climb, but I think it is more for the sprinters like Thor Hushovd," Ledanois said. "The goal today was to get a good ranking in the general classification with Amaël and Loïc. The climb was hard and there was a lot of headwind, so it was difficult to make the breakaway or even make an attack." Vliegen was seventh in his first race with the BMC Racing Team Aug. 10 at the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, then ninth on Stage 1 in Norway. He did not contest the Stage 2 bunch sprint on Friday, finishing 64th. He said he is rapidly adjusting to the professional peloton. "It is different from the amateur races," he said. "It is more calm in the bunch and there is more respect for the riders. I can be easy on the wheel and just the acceleration in the final is perfect for me."