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Greg Van Avermaet was honored as most combative rider at GP d'Isbergues on Sunday. (Photo by: Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team)
Greg Van Avermaet was honored as most combative rider at GP d'Isbergues on Sunday. (Photo by: Isaura Van Lancker, BMC Racing Team)

GP d'Isbergues: Greg Van Avermaet most combative rider; two in Top 10

22. September 2013

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet was honored as most combative rider after riding nearly 190 km in the front in GP d'Isbergues on Sunday while his teammates Norwegian National Road champion Thor Hushovd and World Road Champion Philippe Gilbert finished respectively 4th and 5th in the bunch sprint.

Two in top 10 
After 5 kilometer Greg Van Avermaet attacked with four other riders - Gert Joeaar (Cofidis), Théo Vimpère (BigMat-Auber 93), Julien Duval (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) and Reidar Bohlin Borgersen (Joker-Merida) - and gained a lead of more than 6 minutes. For Van Avermaet it was a good day in the front. "We attacked at the first lap and it was a nice day in the front with four riders. I like this parcours, it is hard. But I knew it would be hard to stay in the front", he said. With 6 kilometer to go Van Avermaet was caught by the peloton. Arnaud Démare (FDJ.fr) won the bunch sprint ahead of John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) and Jempy Drucker (Accent Jobs-Wanty). BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert finished respectively fourth and fifth.