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At 230 kilometers, the riders spent more than six hours racing from San Vincenzo to Indicatore. (©Sirotti.)
At 230 kilometers, the riders spent more than six hours racing from San Vincenzo to Indicatore. (©Sirotti.)

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 2: Staying Safe

8. March 2012

Indicatore, Italy

Greg Van Avermaet tried a late attack Thursday at Tirreno-Adriatico while several other BMC Racing Team riders – including defending champion Cadel Evans – managed to avoid a high-speed pile-up close to the finish.

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Van Avermaet, winner of Paris-Tours and the Tour de Wallonie last year, said the BMC Racing Team's priority was not to contest the bunch sprint finish won by Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling). "We have no real sprinter here so we are just keeping Cadel and Marco Pinotti up toward the front and doing good work for them," he said. "Toward the end, I tried something but with the headwind, it just wasn't possible. After the team time trial yesterday, my legs were a little sore at the beginning." The 230-kilometer race included a crash just after Van Avermaet and breakaway companion Enrico Gasparotto (Astana Pro Team) were caught with two kilometers to go. No one from the BMC Racing Team was involved. Matthew Goss (GreenEDGE Cycling Team) retained the overall lead. "This was good training for Milan-San Remo," Van Avermaet said. "It was the first race of the year that was long and it was good to have nice weather and perfect roads."