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Greg Van Avermaet said he was fortunate not to be involved in Monday's crash. (BMC Racing Team photo.)
Greg Van Avermaet said he was fortunate not to be involved in Monday's crash. (BMC Racing Team photo.)

Tour de Wallonie, Stage 3: Van Avermaet 10th; Morabito Involved in Crash

23. July 2012

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet avoided a pile-up at the finish Monday at the Tour de Wallonie on the way to 10th place while teammate Steve Morabito was not as fortunate.

Van Avermaet Headed To London
Morabito said he was simply trying to stay in the bunch when riders went down in front of him. The runner-up at the Tour of Austria took a tumble but was not seriously hurt. Van Avermaet, who will not start the final two stages because of his Olympic team commitments, said he was lucky. "I was in good position but I couldn't sprint," he said. "I was fortunate I was on the right side because the crash happened on the left. I'm feeling really good heading to London. I was riding well in Poland and these three days of racing were good training. Now I'll rest for four days." Giacomo Nizzolo (Radioshack-Nissan) took the stage win and the overall lead. Morabito said he was doubly disappointed, having been in a promising breakaway inside the final 15 kilometers of the 185.9 km race. "It was a good group and I really tried to give everything but not everyone was working," he said. "It was really a pity because I was going not for the stage, but for the general classification."