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Greg Van Avermaet registered his best career result at Brabantse Pijl with fifth place on the day. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet registered his best career result at Brabantse Pijl with fifth place on the day. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Van Avermaet Fifth At Brabantse Pijl

11. April 2012

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet finished fifth in a rain-soaked edition of Brabantse Pijl Wednesday as Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) soloed to victory.

Gilbert's Best Result
The top five finish was Van Avermaet's fifth of the season while teammate Philippe Gilbert scored his best result of the year with 12th place in the 195.7-kilometer race that featured several periods of heavy rain. Van Avermaet was pleased with his result, despite a larger focus on Sunday's Amstel Gold Race. "I didn't have super legs because I had four days of good training and only two days of recovery," he said. "That was not enough. But I think I'll be OK for Sunday with three days more of recovery." Gilbert said his result was encouraging as he also looks forward to the Ardennes classics. "I stayed in my group to play the role of a good teammate," he said. "I think today was good training with all the up and down and the intensity."

Leading The Chase
The BMC Racing Team did the majority of work to pull back a three-man breakaway that enjoyed more than five minutes' advantage midway through the race. Once the race reached the finishing circuit for five laps – with four climbs each time – for the final 62 km, the hard tempo set by Yannick Eijssen and Amaël Moinard had significantly reduced the peloton. When Voeckler made his winning move with about 27 km to go, Van Avermaet and six others riding with him in a small group at the time could not respond. BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said he was satisfied with the teamwork and execution of the pre-race plan. "We controlled the race, we had our two leaders in the front, but we are still missing some small things," Lelangue said. "The good news is we still have time to work on them."