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Greg Van Avermaet attacked at the Poggio an tried to finish solo. @Sirotti; www.sirotti.it
Greg Van Avermaet attacked at the Poggio an tried to finish solo. @Sirotti; www.sirotti.it

BMC Racing Team Strong At Milan-San Remo

19. March 2011

San Remo, Italy

Alessandro Ballan sprinted to fourth and Greg Van Avermaet was ninth at Milan-San Remo, capping an impressive showing Saturday by the BMC Racing Team.

Van Avermaet's Attack
After a crash on the rain-soaked descent of La Manie, Karsten Kroon and Michael Schär forced the pace the next 50 kilometers to split the peloton and allow teammates George Hincapie, Ballan and Van Avermaet to sit on. When the gap between the two groups dropped to within 30 seconds between the final two climbs, Van Avermaet put in an attack. "George told me to go between the Cipressa and the Poggio so I did and quickly got a gap," Van Avermaet said. "It was good for me because I could ride my own pace on the Poggio. I hoped some guys would come to me before the top, but when I had 15 seconds at the top, I tried to go alone to the finish."

Ballan Pleased
But the chasing efforts of Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) and Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) pulled Van Avermaet back with 2.5 kilometers to go, setting up the sprint for Ballan. "I watched (Filippo) Pozzato in the sprint, but he didn't have the legs," Ballan said. "I'm happy because the team worked really well. Greg was strong and Karsten and Michi (Schär) did a lot of work in front to set me up." Matthew Goss (HTC-Highroad) took the win.