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With one day to go Greg Van Avermaet (seen here after stage 3) remains fourth overall in Tour de Wallonie. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
With one day to go Greg Van Avermaet (seen here after stage 3) remains fourth overall in Tour de Wallonie. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour de Wallonie, Stage 4: Bunch sprint

23. July 2013

The BMC Racing Team helped Tuesday to control the fourth stage of Tour de Wallonie which was decided by a bunch sprint.

Van Avermaet Stays Fourth Overall 
Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said they expected that an unthreatening break would go in the beginning of the 197.1-km race. A four-man breakaway with Alexandre Pichot (Europcar), Christophe Prémont (Crelan-Euphony), Jérôme Gilbert (Accent Jobs-Wanty) and Ludwig De Winter (Color Code-Biowanze) gained a lead of more than 13 minutes when the peloton started to bring them back. "When the breakaway gained more than 13 minutes we pulled one guy (Sebastian Lander) in the front. He worked for us just to help with the other teams and to bring the guys back so we could have a chance at the finish", Stewart said. Eventually the last man of the breakaway was brought back with 15 kilometers to go. On the final climb, a couple riders attacked but all were brought back and the race was decided by a bunch sprint. Kenny Dehaes (Lotto-Belisol) won the stage ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack-Leopard) while Daniel Oss finished 20th as first BMC Racing Team rider after a chaotic sprint. "In the final everyone did pretty good and worked well for Greg and Daniel. Eventually we decided Oss would sprint," Stewart said. "We actually wanted a top 10, but Oss had a little tango in the chaos of the sprint. That's where he lost his chance for a good sprint." Alexandr Kolobnev (Katusha Team) kept the overall lead with one day to go while Van Avermaet stays fourth overall, 22 seconds back.