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Greg Van Avermaet, second from left, was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet, second from left, was the BMC Racing Team's best finisher. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Greg Van Avermaet Seventh At Tour of Flanders

31. March 2013

Greg Van Avermaet finished seventh, Daniel Oss was 12th and Marcus Burghardt was 22nd as the BMC Racing Team put three riders in the top 25 Sunday at the Tour of Flanders.

Van Avermaet: At My Limit
Van Avermaet, third at Gent-Wevelgem a week ago, said he was already riding at his limit when race winner Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) made the first of two decisive attacks. "It was a hard race, but I had good legs and condition," Van Avermaet said. "I did a good race, I think. But when Cancellara and (Peter) Sagan went at the last climb of the Kwaremont it wasn't possible to follow both of them. It was too fast, I was at my limit at that moment." Cancellara attacked Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling) and Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto Belisol) on the Paterberg and soloed the final 13 kilometers of the 256.2-km race to win for the second time in four years. "Everybody rode at his limit today, so the performance of Cancellara was big," Van Avermaet said. "He was certainly the best rider for Flanders."

Hushovd: Breathing Problems
BMC Racing Team's Thor Hushovd did not finish the race for only the second time in 12 appearances. "I felt quite good from the start and I had good feeling in the legs, so I know my form was there," the past world road champion said. "But when I wanted to go deep, I had a problem with my breathing. It was like I was breathing through a straw. I knew with that feeling, I could do nothing in the race. I was already suffering. So instead of trying to hang in there, I decided to stop and look forward to Paris-Roubaix." President/General Manager Jim Ochowicz said the BMC Racing Team missed an opportunity with 30 km to go when five riders bridged to the remnants of an earlier breakaway. "When Roelandts went, I wish one of our guys would have gone with him because it was much easier to get in front of those guys," Ochowicz said. "You saw what Cancellara did on the Kwaremont. Sagan barely hung on his wheel."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Hushovd (English and French), Ochowicz and Van Avermaet (French) on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.