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Greg Van Avermaet (center) scored third and fourth-place finishes in the races in Canada. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet (center) scored third and fourth-place finishes in the races in Canada. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Van Avermaet Fourth at GP Cycliste de Montréal

15. September 2013

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet followed up a third place Friday at Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec City with fourth on Sunday at Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.

'Not As Disappointed' As In Quebec
Van Avermaet and seven others were chasing eventual winner Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling), who attacked with less than five kilometers to go in the 205.7-km race. He quickly built a lead of nearly 30 seconds and soloed to win by four. "Sagan was just a little bit stronger," Van Avermaet said. "We rotated with the other guys to try and bring him back, but we didn't get closer." Van Avermaet's chance for another podium finish also went up the road when runner-up Simone Ponzi (Astana Pro Team) and third-place finisher Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) attacked the group with a kilometer to go. "I'm not as disappointed as I was in Quebec because in Quebec I had a feeling that I could win," Van Avermaet said. Teammate Tejay van Garderen, who used the two races to hone his form for the upcoming world road championships, said it was nice to help Van Avermaet both days. "It was important for the team to score some points here," van Garderen said. "Obviously, a victory here would have been nice, but the team could not have worked any better together."

Evans Played Key Support Role
Before Van Avermaet's chase group slipped the peloton, van Garderen and Cadel Evans were the last two BMC Racing Team riders helping cover attacks. Before that, it was their teammates – Brent Bookwalter, Marcus Burghardt, Amaël Moinard, Steve Morabito and Daniel Oss – who could be seen on the front working to chase down or infiltrate moves. "We came here this weekend knowing we could win and we came up with a plan that really should have worked in our favor," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said. "But there's always things you don't plan for, and always guys who are just stronger on the day or make the move at the right time. So we end up with a podium and an almost-podium. But all the guys really worked hard." Evans said he did what he could in finishing 18th, 26 seconds back. "I would have liked to have been a little bit better, but I could play the moves I needed to," the past world road and Tour de France champion said. "Greg was our best chance in the finale and I did what I could to deliver him where he needed to be."

Listen to complete comments from Evans, Stewart, Van Avermaet and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.