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Greg Van Avermaet (second from left), climbed 33 places on the general classification. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet (second from left), climbed 33 places on the general classification. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Eneco Tour, Stage 3: Phinney Slips To Eighth

11. August 2011

Andenne, Belgium

Taylor Phinney of the BMC Racing Team conceded the lead Thursday at the Eneco Tour of Benelux while teammate Greg Van Avermaet finished 10th on the stage to move into 11th place overall.

Van Avermaet Boxed In
Phillipe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) attacked on the penultimate climb of the 191.2 kilometer race and soloed to the stage win and into the overall lead. Van Avermaet was part of a small group that rolled in nine seconds later, while Phinney conceded 35 seconds, finished 21st and slid to eighth overall. "I was a bit boxed in when Gilbert went," Van Avermaet said. "My legs felt OK, but I think there was one man stronger than all the rest today." Van Avermaet is 36 seconds behind Gilbert heading into Friday's 14.7 km individual time trial.

Opportunity For Phinney
Phinney said hasn't lost confidence after slipping out of the leader's jersey for the first time since winning Monday's prologue. "I'm definitely confident in my time trial ability," the reigning Under 23 world time trial champion said. "It was disappointing to lose my lead, but the team did a good job looking after me. When it came down to crunch time, I just didn't have it. But I definitely feel like I can take time back. I'm really motivated to win the stage tomorrow."