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Sebastian Lander (pictured here at the Vuelta a España) was part of a long breakaway (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Sebastian Lander (pictured here at the Vuelta a España) was part of a long breakaway (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Sebastian Lander Part of Breakaway At Paris-Tours

13. October 2013

BMC Racing Team's Sebastian Lander was part of a four-man breakaway Sunday at Paris-Tours while teammate Greg Van Avermaet used a vicious attack to bridge to the leaders inside the final seven kilometers. But their move was eventually brought back.

Perfect Move For The Team
Lander and Julien Duval (Roubaix Lille Metropole), Yannick Martinez (La Pomme-Marseille) and Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling) enjoyed nearly 180 kilometers in the lead before the last rider from their escape was chased down with 10 kilometers to go in the 235-km race. "It was a good way to end my season," Lander said. "I feel my shape is good and already I am looking forward to next year. A breakaway for 180 kilometers is pretty long and we had a head wind the whole day." Seven riders (Jetse Bol, Sylvain Chavanel, eventually winner John Degenkolb, fourth-placed Arnaud Demare, Marco Marcato, eventual runner-up Michael Morkov and Sep Vanmarcke) made a move on the final climb to gain a sizable gap. But Van Avermaet put in an attack of his own to bridge up. Cooperation was lacking, though, and eventually the pack caught the last of the eight within sight of the finish line. Ledanois said with only six starters, having Lander in the breakaway was a valuable card for the BMC Racing Team to play. "It was perfect for the team, because it's easy in the back," Ledanois said. "But the finale is always difficult. For Greg, it would have been better to take the first breakaway with Chavanel and Bol. It would have been easier for him and for the opportunity to get a better result in the finale, that would have been a better move to be in." Van Avermaet, in 48th, was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher.

Listen to complete comments from Lander and Ledanois on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.