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BMC Development Team’s Novak Takes Lead At Cascade Classic

Jakub Novak of the BMC Development Team grabbed the overall lead Thursday at the Bend Memorial Clinic Cascade Cycling Classic on the strength of fourth place in the individual time trial.

Eisenhart Is Best Young Rider
Novak leads time trial stage winner Serghei Tvetcov (Jelly Belly Cycling presented by Kenda) by 18 seconds with three stages to go, while teammate TJ Eisenhart is fifth and tops the best young rider classification. “We only have six riders at this race but this is a good experience for the young guys to have the leader’s jersey and defend it,” BMC Development Team General Manager Rik Verbrugghe said. “Friday will be the critical stage because it finishes at the top of a climb. I expect it will be mostly the same riders as we had at the finish on Wednesday. Jakub was pretty good there and so was TJ.” In that 118-kilometer road race, Novak and Eisenhart finished 10th and 17th, respectively, to move within 17 seconds of the lead. Eisenhart was 11th in the time trial, 49 seconds behind Tvetcov.

Mountain-Top Finish Friday
Novak finished 10 seconds off the winning time in Tuesday night’s 4.3-km prologue, setting the stage for him to become the second BMC Development Team rider to lead a race in the team’s inaugural season. In March, Silvan Dillier won the overall and best young rider titles at the Tour de Normadie in France. Novak said he had thoughts about wearing the yellow jersey before mounting his BMC timemachine TM01 for Thursday morning’s 25.5-km race against the clock. “I was thinking I could maybe take the lead because the time trial is my specialty and I was feeling good,” he said. “Now we have the lead, so we’ll do everything to fight for the jersey.” Eisenhart said hopes to duplicate the climbing success he enjoyed on Stage 1 during Friday’s 148-km race to the Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. “I’m aiming to be Jakub’s second guy, right up there with him at the finish,” Eisenhart said. “My goal is to help him as much as possible. If that means hanging onto the white (best young rider) jersey, that’s a bonus. The yellow jersey is what we’re here for.”

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