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Marcus Burghardt was part of a breakaway in the second half of the race. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Marcus Burghardt was part of a breakaway in the second half of the race. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Chase Comes Up Short At GP Ouest-France

26. August 2012

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet was part of the charging peloton that could not chase down solo GP Ouest-France winner Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Proycling) and Rui Costa (Movistar Team), who freewheeled across the line to narrowly take second.

Wyss Is BMC Racing Team's Top Finisher
Van Avermaet was part of a group of 15 riders who crested a climb with a small gap with five kilometers to go as Costa initiated the winning move that only Boasson Hagen could follow. "The group brought us back with 1.5 kilometers to go and then the sprint went full with 400 meters to go with a lot of speed," Van Avermaet said. "But then all of the pack came over me." Danilo Wyss, who was celebrating his birthday Sunday, was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher in 34th. "The team rode in a really offensive way with one of our guys in each move today," BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrughhe said. Marcus Burghardt was part of an eight-rider move that formed with 75 kilometers to go in the 243 km race after a seven-rider break that enjoyed an 11-minute lead was chased down. Burghardt's group gained more than a minute's advantage and still had 30 seconds with 40 km to go. But with Sky and Astana chasing, Burghardt and Aleksandr Kuschynski (Katusha Team) made their own escape, only to be caught a few kilometers later.