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Greg Van Avermaet fought his way to a top 20 finish at Il Lombardia. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet fought his way to a top 20 finish at Il Lombardia. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

BMC Racing Team's Van Avermaet Ready To Defend At Paris-Tours

4. October 2012

Greg Van Avermaet will line up Sunday to defend his title at Paris-Tours, surrounded by a BMC Racing Team roster that has helped deliver a pair of recent podium finishes.

Several Options
Van Avermaet said the lingering effects of the cold and rainy edition of Il Lombardia last Saturday kept him from starting Binche-Tournai-Binche on Tuesday – a race that teammate Adam Blythe won. But the runner-up at GP de Québec and GP de Wallonie said he is feeling better as he trains for the 235.5-kilometer race. "I'm recovering well from my sickness," Van Avermaet said. "I went out Wednesday for a few hours and felt much better than I did Monday and Tuesday. But I still don't have the same power in my legs yet." BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said adding Van Avermaet and Alessandro Ballan to the line-up of Brent Bookwalter, Yannick Eijssen, Manuel Quinziato, Michael Schär and Larry Warbasse – one that helped Blythe earn his win at Binche and a runner-up at Circuit Franco-Belge last week – provides a number of opportunities. "We'll have a real offensive team with Alessandro and Greg, who can both do something good in the final," he said. "And if it comes down to a real field sprint, we have Adam."

BMC Racing Team Paris-Tours Roster (Oct. 7):
Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Adam Blythe (GBR), Brent Bookwalter (USA), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Larry Warbasse (USA).

Sport Director:
Rik Verbrugghe (BEL)

Giovanni Ruffini (ITA)

Bus Driver: Filip Sercu (BEL). Mechanics: Nick Mondelaers (BEL), Ian Sherburne (USA). Soigneurs: Chris De Vos (BEL), Dirk Leenaert (BEL), Anthony Pauwels (BEL).