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Alessandro Ballan led out the sprint to help Greg Van Avermaet finish sixth. (c) Sirotti.
Alessandro Ballan led out the sprint to help Greg Van Avermaet finish sixth. (c) Sirotti.

Tirreno-Adriatico, Stage 2: Van Avermaet Sixth

10. March 2011

Indicatore, Italy

Greg Van Avermaet sprinted to sixth place Thursday for the BMC Racing Team at Tirreno-Adriatico after teammate Marcus Burghardt put in an impressive attack in the final kilometers.

Make It Harder

With the race destined to end in a field sprint, Burghardt said he saw an opportunity. "The streets were really small and George (Hincapie) was behind me so he could block a little bit of the road and we could make the race a little bit harder," Burghardt said. "When the guy from Vancansoleil passed me, I knew it wasn't going to work. But I tried." Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo) took the win and the overall lead.

Paris-Nice, Stage 5: Difficult Day
Vernoux-en-Vivarais, France
-  Amaël Moinard and Steve Morabito led the BMC Racing Team to the finish Thursday at Paris-Nice, but conceded nearly three minutes on the first decisive day of the eight-day race.

Moinard 43rd, Morabito 44th
"We made a little plan to attack on the first of three climbs toward the end," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. "We put some guys -  Amaël and Steve - on the offensive to try to make a selection." Eventually, the pair was unable to follow the attacks on the penultimate, eight-kilometer climb and finished together, 2:51 behind stage winner and new race leader Andreas Kloden (Team Radioshack)." Friday's stage is a 27-kilometer individual time trial.