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BMC Racing’s Tom Bohli has only been a pro for a few weeks, but he’s already racked up his first victory of the season. The Swiss 22-year-old rode the 7km prologue of Belgium’s Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen (Three Days of West Flanders) in 7:50 to take the win and the race lead.
LottoNL – Jumbo’s Martijn Keizer took second on the stage, six seconds behind Bohli, while Lukasz Wisniowski (Etixx – Quick-Step) nabbed third, 10 seconds down.
Control of the race lead changed hands several times in the early goings — American Joey Rosskopf of BMC Racing spent some time in the hot seat — but Bohli set his mark about halfway through the stage and no one else could best it.
“It’s a really amazing feeling to get my first win as a pro. I really didn’t know if I could make it but to get it, it’s a really good feeling,” Bohli said.
“It gives me confidence early in the season. I didn’t get the chance to test my time trial form in Qatar due to my crash [in stage 1], so I’m so happy to come out now and do well. We have a really strong team here and different cards to play for the next two stages.”
BMC will now try to keep Bohli in the lead through the final stage of the race on Sunday.
“It was a great ride from Tom, who was always going in with a good shot,” sports director Jackson Stewart said.
“We arrived early this morning as well to give the guys a good chance to recon the course. Our focus going into tomorrow and Sunday’s stages will be to defend the jersey and limit any time bonuses.”
The race continues Saturday with a 176.3km stage 1 from Bruges to Harelbeke.