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Greg Van Avermaet was part of a breakway group for more than half the race. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet was part of a breakway group for more than half the race. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team Aggressive At K-B-K

26. February 2012

Kuurne, Belgium

The BMC Racing Team went on the offensive Sunday at Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne in the hopes of avoiding the bunch sprint that often concludes the Belgian classic.

Van Avermaet In The Break

Greg Van Avermaet was first to execute the strategy, making a seven-man breakaway that escaped in the first hour of the 195-kilometer race. Over the Kwaremont, the Paris-Tours winner split his group while the climb had the same effect on the peloton. Behind Van Avermaet, Alessandro Ballan and Klaas Lodewyck made a select group of fewer than two dozen riders. "It was a perfect situation for us," BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said. "Unfortunately, the sprinter's teams were racing and chasing from behind." The last of several breakaways was brought back in the final five kilometer s and Mark Cavendish (Sky Pro Cycling) took the win. "We showed that even without a big sprinter, we're making the race offensively," Lelangue said.