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The BMC Racing Team enjoyed a day in the peloton without the pressure of having to chase the breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
The BMC Racing Team enjoyed a day in the peloton without the pressure of having to chase the breakaway. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

USA Pro Challenge, Stage 3: Van Avermaet Fourth

22. August 2013

Greg Van Avermaet sprinted to fourth place Wednesday at the USA Pro Challenge while three BMC Racing Team riders – Mathias Frank (second), Tejay van Garderen (fourth) and Van Avermaet (ninth) – are in the top 10 overall.

Went Too Early
Van Avermaet said he started his sprint a bit too early after receiving a concerted lead-out from teammates that included Brent Bookwalter, Swiss road champion Michael Schär and Julien Taramarcaz at the end of the 170.4-kilometer race. "I couldn't wait any longer and went too early – with 250 (meters) to go – so then it's normal that some guys come over you," he said. "I'm a little bit disappointed. I will have to wait a little bit longer, then I'll maybe get closer. But it was good to be up there again." Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) won his second stage in three days ahead of Luka Mezgec (Team Argos-Shimano), Ryan Anderson (Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Van Avermaet, who was runner-up to him on Stage 1. "We tried to be there in the end," Van Avermaet said. "It was good that we tried. It wasn't perfect, but it's getting better and better." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said with a five-man breakaway up the road most of the day, the BMC Racing Team was able to conserve energy. "I think some teams were hoping that we would defend a little bit, but we didn't have anything concrete to defend yet," he said. "It was a perfect day. That small group went and the other teams controlled it and we just had to stay out of trouble." Frank remains two seconds off the overall lead of Lachlan Morton (Garmin-Sharp) while van Garderen is 11 seconds back and Van Avermaet is at 41 seconds.

Listen to complete comments from Stewart and Van Avermaet on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.