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Greg Van Avermaet took his chance in a late breakaway. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet took his chance in a late breakaway. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de Pologne, Stage 3: Van Avermaet's Late Attack

12. July 2012

Greg Van Avermaet worked his way into a chase group late in Thursday's stage at the Tour de Pologne but the BMC Racing Team's hopes of catching the leaders were dashed when the peloton chased all of them down.

'I Was Feeling Good'
With three riders dangling off the front and no team leading the chase, Van Avermaet made his move with four others to chase the trio down with less than two laps to go on a six-kilometer finishing circuit. "I went with them because I was feeling good," Van Avermaet said. "I thought we had some strong riders in there like Roman Kreuziger, (eventual stage winner) Zdenek Stybar and Björn Leukemans, too. I thought it was a good chance to stay in front because there was really a team to keep it together. Unfortunately, they caught us on the last climb." Stybar (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) took the win while Moreno Moser (Liquigas-Cannondale) kept the overall lead. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Max Sciandri said the team had hoped to set up Alessandro Ballan for the uphill, cobbled sprint, but the former world champion wasn't feeling good. "He's finished third on this stage before and had he been on a super day, this would have been good for him; but he wasn't," Sciandri said.