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Greg Van Avermaet tried a late attack but could not hold off the charging peloton. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet tried a late attack but could not hold off the charging peloton. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Hushovd Sixth At GP Ouest France-Plouay

1. september 2013

BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd finished sixth Sunday at GP Ouest France-Plouay after teammate Greg Van Avermaet had his bid for solo victory end when the chasing peloton caught him with 250 meters to go.

Headwind Spoiled Solo Bid
Van Avermaet and teammate Daniel Oss were part of an eight-rider split that occurred on the final climb near the finish of the 243-kilometer race. With three kilometers to go, Van Avermaet attacked. "I felt really strong and I had a lot of power in my legs," Van Avermaet said. "But three kilometers alone with a headwind the whole way was hard." As Van Avermaet was being overtaken in the finishing straight, Hushovd was following wheels to the left, close to the barriers, while race winner Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) found a clear path on the right. "I don't want to make any excuses, but I didn't get a free way to do my sprint," Hushovd said. "It's too bad. But it was a perfect scenario when Greg went. It's too bad he didn't make it." Assistant Director Fabio Baldato agreed, saying the BMC Racing Team did an impressive amount of work to to first bring back a four-man breakaway that led by 16 minutes and later to chase down multiple attacks in the final 25 kilometers. "All day, the team was great," Baldato said. "I'm disappointed because we did a great race."