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Greg Van Avermaet (second from left) earned his third runner-up finish of the year. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)
Greg Van Avermaet (second from left) earned his third runner-up finish of the year. (Blandine Roquelet photo.)

BMC Racing Team's Van Avermaet Runner-Up At GP de Wallonie

12. September 2012

Greg Van Avermaet earned his second runner-up finish in five days for the BMC Racing Team Wednesday at the GP de Wallonie.

'Lost His Wheel'
Van Avermaet said he could not follow the winning attack of Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) after making the decisive group of six that topped the final climb of the Citadelle de Namur together with less than two kilometers to go in the 203.1-kilometer race "With the travel from Canada, I was a bit tired today, but I think I had the legs to win," Van Avermaet said. "I don't think I was at my maximum level but I think I was the strongest of the race. In the final with Simon, I lost his wheel just before the last curve, so it was not easy to win the race, but I am in very good condition and I am happy." On Friday in Canada, Van Avermaet was second to Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE) in the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec. It was his 13th top 10 finish of the year and the third time he has finished second.

Several Riders In Breakaways
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said a flat tire at the bottom of the last climb kept the team's other contender, Mauro Santambrogio, from contesting the finish. "Though we were missing some small details to win the race, the team did a really good job today," Verbrugghe said. "We had Johann Tschopp, Michael Schär, Adam Blythe and Klaas Lodewyck in breakaways at one point and Greg was really strong today. He really tried hard and one day it will pay off." Ivan Santaromita was involved in a crash near the halfway point of the race but did not suffer any broken bones while Yannick Eijssen did not start due to illness, Verbrugghe said.