Last weekend the third and last World Cup of the track season took place in Cali, Colombia. Jasper De Buyst conquered the silver medal. In the first World Cup in Guadalajara he had to abandon because of a crash and in London he finished as eighth. Nonetheless in the overall ranking of the World Cup De Buyst got second as well. The omnium at the World Cup is spread over two days. On day one the riders ride the scratch, individual pursuit and elimination. The second day the time trial (1 kilometre), flying lap and points race are scheduled.

Strong start
De Buyst started strong on Saturday with a second place in the scratch and a second place in the individual pursuit. Then he got tenth in the elimination. After the first day De Buyst was second in the classification. The 1-kilometre time trial and flying lap made him fall back to place four, but he gained two places in the points race.

Rio 2016
In Cali De Buyst gathered important points for the Olympic Games of Rio 2016. Belgium is ninth in the UCI Olympic Track ranking at the moment and the fifth European country. To qualify a rider for the omnium a country has to be in the top 18 and only a maximum number of eight Europeans can participate.

Jasper De Buyst: “This silver medal was welcome, certainly because I need the points for the Olympics. This is reassuring. I started well, with two second places. Usually I don’t start that strongly. In the elimination I only got tenth, that’s where I lost gold. Tactically I made some wrong choices and then it can go fast. Still, I thought about the gold medal at the end of the first day. The second day the points race is the most important event, each point counts. As a road cyclist the points race, of forty kilometres, suits me best.”

Unexpected second overall
“That I am second in the overall classification of the World Cup omnium is unexpected, certainly because I abandoned in the first round. Last year I won the overall, now I didn’t think I’d set a high result. Because of the circumstances I don’t look back with a good feeling on this World Cup season. In the first round I had bad luck, you can’t change that. In London I felt really bad. I had ridden the Six Days of Ghent with a broken nose and back problems, that had its consequences. That’s why I didn’t perform well in the second World Cup and I definitely wanted to set a good result in Cali.”

World Championships track (18th – 22nd February)
“At the moment I’m pretty safe for the Olympics, but there are important points to gain at the World Championships in February. I’m really motivated. First I’ll ride the Six Days of Copenhagen (29th January – 3rdFebruary, LTS), together with Marc Hester.

On the strength of a vicious attack on Torrens Hill BMC Racing Team's Rohan Dennis soloed to victory and into the race lead Thursday at the Santos Tour Down Under. His BMC Racing Team teammate Cadel Evans finished second. 

Team's First Win of 2015
Dennis crossed the finish line three seconds ahead of his teammate Cadel Evans and Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin). Although the hour record contender had to switch plans in the final, he is very satisfied with his win and the overall lead. "The plan for me was to attack at the bottom of the Torrens Hill climb to put the pressure on Richie Porte (Team Sky) and the other contenders and let Cadel just sit back", Dennis said. "Obviously I was too far behind to actually follow that plan." Winning in front of his home country's crowd Dennis also takes the first BMC Racing Team's win of the season.

One-Two overall classifications 
The 143.2 km stage that was marked by a four man breakaway that gained a freedom of maximum 3 minutes 30 seconds. The last remaining attacker was caught heading to the 1.2 km final climb. BMC Racing Team's Cadel Evans who is now second overall, 7 seconds behind his teammate Dennis, is happy how it worked really well for the BMC Racing Team today. "We had a plan on covering on two bases, but of course I also want to be able to lend a favor to my teammates where I can and where it's favorable", Evans said. "We had Rohan and Peter ready to do an attack anywhere where they could and it worked out really well for us." With three more days to go Evans remains the team leader Dennis said: "Obviously we are both protected riders but Cadel is still a leader in my eyes." 

Besides the overall classification (Ochre jersey), Dennis also leads the Subaru King of the mountain and the Cycle Instead young rider classification. While his BMC Racing Team teammate Cadel Evans, second overall, tops the Iinet sprint classification. The BMC Racing Team leads the Virgin Australia winning team classification after stage 3 in Santos Tour Down Under. 
Rohan Dennis will attempt the Hour Record on Sunday 8 February at the Velodrome Suisse in Grenchen. 

Listen to comments from Evans and Dennis on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line

power2max and Etixx - Quick-Step announce that the team will race with the power2max Type S in 2015. 

power2max will provide the Etixx - Quick-Step Team with the power2max Type S K-Force Light BB386 Evo power meter for the 2015 season. Based on the feature “designed2fit” the Type S K-Force Light power meter is highly compatible with almost every road bike frame and perfectly fits with the Specialized S-Works models as well as it is one of the lightest and stiffest spider based power meters on the market.

Starting with the Tour de San Louis (Argentina, 19th – 25th of January) six Etixx – Quick-Step riders, among them the World Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) and Mark Cavendish (United Kingdom) will race with the power2max Type S BB386 Evo for the first time, followed by the Santos Tour Down Under (Australia, 20th to 25th of January), where another seven athletes of the team will fight for the first victories of the year.

“It is a big compliment for such a young brand like us that Etixx - Quick-Step has chosen power2max to be the team’s power meter. With the power2max Type S K-Force Light we provide a very precise and highly reliable power meters to the Team riders. We’re convinced that with our Type S they can perform at their best and of course, we are already curious to see all those famous riders, like the World Champion, Michal Kwiatkowski, Tom Boonen, Mark Cavendish and Tony Martin, race with power2max.” comments Julia Leenders, power2max Marketing & Communication Manager 

“We are very excited to start this partnership with power2max as our technical partner for power meters” Etixx – Quick-Step Sport and Development manager Rolf Aldag said. “In a short time since their inception, power2max have already built up a good reputation. Etixx – Quick-Step is always focused on performance and committed to technology. We feel that power2max shares the same values that guide our activities day-by-day. Science and a technological approach is becoming more and more important in cycling. Thanks to the support of power2max our technical and training staff will be able to monitor the workout of our athletes and provide them with the best training program, as well as analyze their effort during competition, and give them the right feedback to perform at the top.”

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