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Greg Van Avermaet earned runner-up honors as Peter Sagan took the win. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet earned runner-up honors as Peter Sagan took the win. (©BMC/Tim De Waele.)

Tour of Oman, Stage 3: Van Avermaet Runner-Up, Gilbert Seventh

13. February 2013

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet was runner-up while teammate and reigning world road champion Philippe Gilbert finished seventh Wednesday on Stage 3 of the Tour of Oman.

Neither Feeling Well
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) easily took his second straight win but Van Avermaet's best placing of the season moved him into third overall, 26 seconds behind Sagan and 10 seconds behind Tony Gallopin (Radioshack-Leopard), who is in second. "Philippe and I both knew that we could ride this final, but I didn't felt very good and neither did he," Van Avermaet said. "But we wanted to try and see where we could finish. We were in good position on the beginning of the climb, in the wheel of Sagan and Gallopin. But when Sagan attacked I couldn't follow him." Van Avermaet's result was his best since a runner-up placing at the GP de Wallonie last September.

Teamwork For The Final
Gilbert said good teamwork came into play on the race's longest stage after the final rider from an original four-man breakaway was caught 172 kilometers into the 190 km race. "We did a good race as a team because we were always in the front in the final, especially in the final five kilometers," Gilbert said. "We didn't win but we did something good with the team." On the eve of the queen stage that finishes atop Green Mountain, Gilbert said he is feeling good about his form for the upcoming classics. "I thought it was good because it was about five hours and 20 minutes of racing. Even if it's not with high level, it was still five hours on the bike and that's most important," he said.

Click here to listen to complete comments from Gilbert (English) and Van Avermaet (Dutch and French) on the BMC Racing Team Audio Line.