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Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe (left) enjoyed a nice moment before the start with Greg Van Avermaet (center) and Adam Blythe. (BMC Racing Team photo.)
Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe (left) enjoyed a nice moment before the start with Greg Van Avermaet (center) and Adam Blythe. (BMC Racing Team photo.)

Tour de Wallonie, Stage 2: Bunch Sprint Finish

22. July 2012

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet had hoped for a more difficult finish to Sunday's stage of the Tour de Wallonie, but the defending champion came away disappointed as the entire peloton contested the slightly uphill sprint to the line.

Roe Withdraws
Van Avermaet, who will leave the race after Monday's stage due to Olympic team commitments, said only a slight headwind made the finish at the end of the 205.5-kilometer race a challenge and not a steeper uphill that was indicated on the profile map. "Klaas (Lodewyck) did a nice job with the lead out with 500 meters to go," Van Avermaet said. "I went at 250 meters, which was maybe a little too early but I couldn't wait because we only had two guys." Danilo Napolitano (Acqua & Sapone) took the stage win as Van Avermaet finished 28th. BMC Racing Team's Tim Roe withdrew from the race, suffering from hip pain. BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said he was pleased to see Steve Morabito get in a move with 30 km to go. "Tomorrow we'll try again to make the race hard and see what happens," Verbrugghe said.