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Greg Van Avermaet (second from left) matched his best result of these season with his runner-up finish. (©Casey B. Gibson.)
Greg Van Avermaet (second from left) matched his best result of these season with his runner-up finish. (©Casey B. Gibson.)

BMC Racing Team's Van Avermaet Runner-Up In Québec City

7. September 2012

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet was runner-up to Simon Gerrans in Friday's Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec after Van Avermaet broke away with less than five kilometers to go and only the Orica-GreenEDGE rider could follow.

Matched Best Result
Last year's winner of Paris-Tours and the Tour de Wallonie said he saw an opportunity to make a move late in the 201.6 km race comprising 16 laps of a 12.6-km circuit that ended with a long, uphill drag to the finish. "I was feeling good and just gave it a try," Van Avermaet said. "Then I was alone at the top (of the climb) and only Gerrans came back to me. I tried to be there in the sprint but it wasn't easy. I was working the whole time and then I tried to go with 200 meters, but he came over me." Van Avermaet, who has a dozen top 10 finishes this year to his credit, came close to earning his first win and giving the BMC Racing Team a second victory on the day – adding to one by Philippe Gilbert earlier at the Vuelta a España. "It's a little bit of a disappointment but also I'm happy that I finally have a result," Van Avermaet said. "In all the classics, I was always in good shape but it didn't work out. So now I'm happy that I have a result." Van Avermaet's result matched his best finish of the year: runner-up on the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve in February.

Wyss In The Breakaway
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Michael Sayers said having Danilo Wyss in an eight-man breakaway that wasn't caught until 30 km to go – and Manuel Quinziato in a five-man group to monitor the chase – set the stage for Van Avermaet's podium finish. "Everything went exactly as we talked about in the meeting – having someone in the early breakaway to take the pressure off and saving Greg and Mathias (Frank) for the end," Sayers said. "Greg was obviously very, very good. Second is a valiant result and exactly what the team could have expected out of him." Sunday, the BMC Racing Team heads to Montreal to face a similar race (205.7 km) on a similar circuit (17 laps of a 12.1 km course). "I think our team is in excellent condition," Sayers said. "There were a lot of guys who struggled today from the European teams but I think our guys came out well. I think Montréal could be a similar result."

Click here to listen to complete comments from Van Avermaet and Sayers on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.