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Greg Van Avermaet (center) was always near the front in the final kilometers of the race. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet (center) was always near the front in the final kilometers of the race. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Van Avermaet 14th At GP Cycliste de Montréal

9. September 2012

Set up by a strong lead-out by the BMC Racing Team heading onto the final climb of Sunday's Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, Greg Van Avermaet launched what he hoped was the winning attack. But the runner-up finisher in Friday's race in Québec City was caught before the top and eventually finished 14th.

'Just Didn't Have The Legs'
Like it did Friday, the BMC Racing Team helped chase down breakaways and monitor attacks in the 205.7-kilometer race that consisted of 17 laps of a 12.1 km circuit with two primary climbs. With 7 km to go, Van Avermaet attacked on the Côte de la Polytechnique but was eventually brought back just before the summit. As the peloton was re-grouping on the descent, eventual race-winner Lars Nordhaug (Sky Procycling) launched a solo attack, was brought back, then won the uphill sprint to the line. "We tried to replicate what he did the other day," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers. "Unfortunately it didn't work out the same. He had a shot today and was right there, but just didn't have the legs." Van Avermaet's runner-up finish at Québec City helped him climb up in the UCI world rankings and join Cadel Evans, Alessandro Ballan and Tejay van Garderen as one of four BMC Racing Team riders in the top 40 of the individual classification. The BMC Racing Team is seventh in the team standings.