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Greg Van Avermaet (center) notched his third top 10 finish of the race. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)
Greg Van Avermaet (center) notched his third top 10 finish of the race. (©BMC/Graham Watson.)

Tour de France, Stage 9: Van Avermaet Third

13. July 2014

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet finished third at the Tour de France Sunday as a solo breakaway won the day and the overall lead changed hands.

Two In The Chase
After being led out for the sprint by teammate Amaël Moinard, Van Avermaet was pipped at the line by runner-up Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) at the end of the 170-kilometer race. The three were part of a group of 20 riders who arrived 2:45 after stage winner Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step). "Amaël did great work for me in the sprint," Van Avermaet said. "Martin was a little bit unbeatable today – it was hard to chase him back. I think this was the maximum result we could get out of it. I am happy with the result." It was Van Avermaet's third top 10 finish of the race, adding to a Stage 2 runner-up placing in Sheffield and a 10th place on Stage 6.

'Morale Is Still High'
Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) assumed the overall lead from Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team) after finishing in the group chasing Martin. Nibali and the peloton containing BMC Racing Team leader Tejay van Garderen arrived 7:46 after Martin. Van Garderen finished 45th and is now 16th overall, 5:08 behind, as the top of the overall standings shuffled. "The terrain made it hard but it was probably the most relaxed day," van Garderen said. "The morale is still high and the legs are still good. I am missing a little bit of skin, but I think a lot of people are. We are looking forward to moving up on GC (general classification) and fighting for the next two weeks." Monday's 161.5 km stage is the last before the race enjoys the first of two rest days.

Listen to complete comments from BMC Racing Team Sport Director Yvon Ledanois, Van Avermaet and van Garderen on the BMC Racing Team's special Tour de France Audio Line.

View photos from the race in the BMC Racing Team's Flickr gallery.

Watch behind-the-scenes videos on the BMC Racing Team's YouTube channel.