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"When I was out there, I thought about the time trial at De Panne. In my head, I was thinking about how I did that one for training. Now I had to show that I was good."

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04.04.2015 @ 19:42 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Stefan Küng led a 1-3-7 finish by the BMC Racing Team Saturday at Volta Limburg Classic while scoring his first road race victory as a professional.

Two days after finishing runner-up to Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) in the final time trial of Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, Küng was using his time trial talent again after slipping two others with 16 kilometers to go in the 198 km race.

"Winning solo is always the best way to win," Küng said. "When I was out there, I thought about the time trial at De Panne. In my head, I was thinking about how I did that one for training. Now I had to show that I was good."

Küng sat up and coasted his BMC teammachine SLR01 across the line with both arms in the air 27 seconds before Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) edged Dylan Teuns for runner-up honors. Amael Moinard, in seventh, was the BMC Racing Team's third rider in the top 10.

Sport Director Jackson Stewart said some course reconnaissance on Friday set the stage for the BMC Racing Team's fifth win of the season.

"We rode the finishing circuit just to have a look and see if you could solo it in, plus we knew we weren't going to see it on any of the laps," he said. "We knew it would be hard to chase on the narrow roads and that there would be a tailwind in the end."

Manuel Senni represented the BMC Racing Team in the day's main breakaway of seven riders. With 40 km to go, the escapees were joined by chase groups that contained two more BMC Racing Team riders, Küng and Danilo Wyss. From there, Küng attacked with 22 km to go and only Bert-Jan Lindeman (Team Lotto NL-Jumbo) and Dimitri Claeys (Verandas Willems Cycling) could initially follow.

"There was a climb and then a headwind before a left turn into a tailwind," Küng said. "Danilo said to me, 'go' and then I just went full gas and didn't look back."

Küng's first professional season has already been a productive one. In February, he won the world individual pursuit championship on the track after riding on the BMC Racing Team's winning team classification squad at the Dubai Tour. That added to European Under 23 titles won in the road race and time trial last year while competing for the BMC Development Team.

"Kung was so impressive today," Stewart said. "As great as our teamwork was, he really did a lot of the work himself."



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