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With third on the stage, Alexander Kristoff scored his fourth top five finish of the year. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
With third on the stage, Alexander Kristoff scored his fourth top five finish of the year. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de Wallonie, Stage 3: Kristoff Third

25. luglio 2011

Perwez, Belgium

Alexander Kristoff finished third for the BMC Racing Team Monday at the Tour de Wallonie, but teammate Greg Van Avermaet lost the overall lead by one second after being edged out in an intermediate sprint.

Team On The Front All Day

The entirety of the BMC Racing Team rode the front to chase down a three-man breakaway that led by five minutes at one point during the 224-kilometer stage. After making the catch with 17 km to go, less than a kilometer later Van Avermaet was pipped at the final intermediate sprint of the day by Joost Van Leijen (Vacansoleil), who became the new race leader. "It was really close," Van Avermaet said. "We'll try to get the lead back in the next couple of days. The team is riding really well." Daniele Bennati (Leopard Trek) won the stage ahead of Danilo Napolitano (Acqua e Sapone) and Kristoff. "I was alone at the end," Kristoff said, "so I had to take a little bit too much wind to get the victory. But my legs are there and I was able to get in position at the end so I'm happy to be back on track."