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Greg Van Avermaet (left) enjoyed his second straight podium celebration. (©Bob Cullinan, CycleTo.com)
Greg Van Avermaet (left) enjoyed his second straight podium celebration. (©Bob Cullinan, CycleTo.com)

Van Avermaet Runner-Up At Piemonte

13. October 2011

Novi Ligure, Italy

Greg Van Avermaet capped an impressive performance by the BMC Racing Team Thursday at Giro del Piemonte by sprinting to a runner-up finish – his 12th top five placing of the season.

Five In Front

The strength of the BMC Racing Team was evident early on when Martin Kohler and Steve Morabito made the first break of 21. Following a 60-kilometer chase by teams that missed the escape, 11 riders – including three more from the BMC Racing Team (Mathias Frank, Ivan Santaromita and Van Avermaet) – bridged a 30-second gap. "With 31 guys in the front and five from our team, it was a perfect scenario and perfect teamwork by the same guys we will have on the roster Saturday at Lombardia," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said.

Couldn't Close The Gap
Daniel Moreno (Katusha) took the win while Van Avermaet followed up on his first classics victory Sunday at Paris-Tours. Moreno's teammate, Luca Paolini, finished third. Van Avermaet said he couldn't overcome a classic team tactic in the final kilometer. "Paolini left a gap to Moreno on the last decent to the finish," Van Avermaet said. "(Vincenzo) Nibali tried to close the gap and with 400 meters to go I went full out, but couldn't close the gap to him anymore." And his thoughts on Saturday's season-ending race? "I don't know," Van Avermaet said. "First, I want to try and recover. Lombardia is normally too hard for me. But with this condition, you never know."