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Greg Van Avermaet (leading) and the rest of the BMC Racing Team worked hard to protect the squad's two spots in the top 10. (©Sandro Zangrando.)
Greg Van Avermaet (leading) and the rest of the BMC Racing Team worked hard to protect the squad's two spots in the top 10. (©Sandro Zangrando.)

Tour of Austria, Stage 3: Tremendous Teamwork

5. juli 2011

Prägraten am Grobvenediger, Austria

From riding tempo to following attacks, the BMC Racing Team did everything it had to do to protect the second and seventh places overall of Mauro Santambrogio and Chris Butler, respectively, Tuesday at the Tour of Austria.

Van Avermaet Fourth, Santambrogio Fifth

Greg Van Avermaet was the workhorse for the BMC Racing Team. After Yannick Eijssen, Taylor Phinney, Karsten Kroon, Martin Kohler, Tim Roe and Chris Butler contributed to the chase of the day's breakaway, Greg Van Avermaet covered a late attack in the 179-kilometer race. "I wanted to try an attack but nobody would ride," he said. "I'm six minutes down so they didn't have to chase me. So it was a bit strange. But I tried. I want to get a win." Van Avermaet was fourth in the small group sprint won by Jens Keukeleire (Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne) and Santambrogio finished fifth. "Greg deserves a win," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said. "He's trying and doing everything for the team – sprinting and climbing. He's 10 men right now. We're working well as a team and everyone contributed today. Hopefully we can break the ice and get a win for one of our guys because they really deserve a win."