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BMC's Steve Bovay as the King of the Mountains together with Iljo Keisse (Sprints), Sergei Ivanov (GC) and Pierre Rolland (Young Rider). (Foto by Stéfanie Roelens)
BMC's Steve Bovay as the King of the Mountains together with Iljo Keisse (Sprints), Sergei Ivanov (GC) and Pierre Rolland (Young Rider). (Foto by Stéfanie Roelens)

BMC’s Steve Bovay secures King of Mountains and Most Combative Prize for Wallonie; Alex Moos finishes well in GC

30. luglio 2008

Aubel

The Tour of Wallonie’s final stage challenged the racers with seven categorized climbs.  The 175 km route from Welkenraedt to Aubel hardly acted as a ceremonial promenade to cap off a hard week of racing. 

On the contrary, all prizes, including the overall victory were up for grabs on the road today.  BMC had the King of the Mountains prize well within its sights, but also were keen to gain as many places as possible on the GC for Alex Moos.

Nydam on the attack

Once again a BMC member found himself in the accustomed role of providing serious fire power for the day’s break.  “Today was a very difficult course, and we once again were in every important move,” John Lelangue was happy to report.  “Scott inserted himself into the breakaway that ended up going to the finish line, and giving the race its overall winner.”  Midway through the race a break formed which included Crédit Agricole’s Patrice Halgand, Astana’s Sergei Ivanov and BMC’s Scott Nydam.  The day started off climbing the 1st category Baraque Saint Michel.  At the top, Steve Bovay was able to gain maximum points, followed closely by team mate Alex Moos.   Once in the break, Nydam was able to play the part of the perfect team mate and eat up most of the rest of the KOM points along the road.  “Scott did a great job and picked up the KOM points all along the course, protecting the jersey overall for Steve,” Lelangue said.  “On the last climb, he made certain not to take any points so as not to pass Steve on the classification.”  In deference for the work and the time Steve Bovay already put into fighting for the jersey, Nydam made the gentlemanly gesture to make certain he didn’t take the jersey from his team mate.  “I’m very happy today to keep the jersey, but Scott really helped a lot, and then he was very nice not to take the jersey from me even though he had a perfect chance to do so,” Steve Bovay said.  The team had a double reason to be proud of Bovay as he was also named the Most Combative racer of the Tour de Wallonie.  “I won the first mountain points of the stage and tried to attack when Bettini went which would have been an excellent move if it had succeeded,” Bovay relayed.  “So I think that might be why they named me most combative, which is very nice for me.”  “Steve was always attacking, always working to defend the KOM,” Lelangue explained. “Not just today, but the whole tour he has been taking the race head on.”

Attacking style of racing paying dividends

BMC can be proud too to have won their third King of the Mountains jersey for the season, after winning similar jerseys at the Tour of California and Tour of Picardie.  “Yeah, it seems to be becoming a sort of specialty of ours!” Lelangue jokingly said.  There is no mistake, though, in the fact that BMC keeps racking up Most Aggressive and King of the Mountains awards.  Their whole racing style revolves around making valuable moves happen.  “We always plan on racing aggressively, and we want to make an impact in the peloton every day,” Laelangue reiterated.  Alex Moos, having finished 13th just 45 seconds back, is the rider who forms the backbone of the team’s overall GC hopes. He believes the team is performing to very high standards.  “Days like today are very hard, very fast, but the team always comes through and makes the most of the opportunities,” Moos said.  “We are at a high level every day, and though we’d love to win some stages along the way, we are grabbing other points and classification jerseys which are accomplishments important for our development. This was a very good tour for the team.”  The next big event on the horizon for BMC will be the Tour of Utah, which Steve Bovay will be getting ready for at a team camp early in August.  “I am really looking forward to the Utah race since there will be a lot of climbing there, and I hope that I will take good form away from Wallonie,” Bovay said.  “We have a strong team and should be very competitive in America especially since we have so many strong climbers.”