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Todays stage was with 203 km the longest at the Tour de Wallonie 2008
Todays stage was with 203 km the longest at the Tour de Wallonie 2008

Alex Moos finishes in lead pack while the team works to protect Steve Bovay’s KOM lead

28. July 2008

Neufchateau

At 203km, the Tour of Wallonie’s Stage 3 from Beauraing to Neufchâteau would be a long hard slog through the hills of central Belgium.  Following on the team’s successes from the day before, BMC would have to be vigilant over 8 categorized climbs in order to protect Steve Bovay’s hard earned lead in the King of the Mountains competition. 

Protecting Alex Moos’ GC hopes also plays a prominent part in the team’s daily goals.  Happily the day passed successfully for the team, and they can be content to have kept both objectives very much on track for the week. 

Another day in the break proves offence is the best defence

“Today was another good day for the team,” John Lelangue explained.  “Our first order of business was to protect the King of the Mountain’s jersey.”  Mother Nature was kind to the riders today since the weather was warm and sunny, perhaps taking the sting out of the rugged difficulty of the course.  “It is so beautiful here especially when the sun is out,” Scott Nydam said.  “It makes it a real pleasure to ride.”  Scott set about working for the team early on as he was the BMC rider to insert himself into the day’s main break.  “We were in the break for most of the day with Scott,” Lelangue explained.  “He made sure to take as many KOM points as possible to keep any other team from taking the jersey.”  Steve Bovay, after having spent around 130km in a two man break the day before, was pleased to have this help from the team.  “I’m pretty tired of course after yesterday,” Bovay said.  “Scott did a lot of work to help protect the jersey, and that made the day much easier for me.”  The team management finds a natural satisfaction in the team’s ability to protect each other with the joint goals in mind.  “It was a long difficult stage with some pretty big climbs,” Lelangue said.  “The weather was nice and sunny, and the guys did a great job protecting our interests.” 

Eyes turn to the stage finale

While Nydam came into the stage race as a co-GC captain with Alex Moos, his efforts to help the team in Stage 3 changed his role into being a super domestique for the squad.  “Between 25 and 35 riders finished in the main peloton,” Lelangue explained.  “Alex was right there, and though with about 10 km to go we still had Scott Nydam and Tony Cruz in the bunch, in the end they worked very hard to keep Alex well positioned, and so they were dropped and lost a little time by the finish.”  Moos, who is accustomed to being BMC’s main GC candidate, is taking the race stage by stage.  “I didn’t know the stage before hand, and I don’t really have a preconceived notion of where I will be trying to make the difference in the race,” Moos explained.  “I will discuss with John each stages’ profiles and tactics, then we will go from there.”  This edition of the Tour de Wallonie is chalked-full of top talent who for one reason of another did not make it to that other very important event in July.  Competition for the prizes will be stiff and BMC’s strong group of riders will take each challenge day by day.  “With two very difficult stages still to come, things are going well already for the team,” Moos said.  “I am content with how things have progessed, and will do my best to stay very much in contention.”