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Greg Van Avermaet (right) hopes the finish will be contested by a small group. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet (right) hopes the finish will be contested by a small group. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

New Course Means Harder Edition of GP Ouest-France

23. August 2012

BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said a longer, harder circuit for Sunday's edition of GP Ouest-France should suit the team's aggressive roster for the one-day race in Plouay.

Van Avermaet's Aggressive Approach
The new course for the 243-kilometer circuit race has been lengthened to 27 kilometers and each of the nine laps will feature three climbs. "It appears to be a little bit harder than in the past," Verbrugghe said. "There's a new climb that's more like gravel and I understand it's quite steep." Verbrugghe said the BMC Racing Team will play the role of aggressor like it did at the Vattenfall Cyclassics last week. One of the riders he will look to is Greg Van Avermaet, who said he hopes to continue the form he enjoyed at Vattenfall when he put in several attacks in the second half of the race. "My legs have been feeling good the last couple of weeks and this is a race that suits me," Van Avermaet said. "I will try to do something in the race to go with a small group to the finish."

BMC Racing Team GP Ouest-France Roster (August 26):
Adam Blythe (GBR), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Martin Kohler (SUI), Marco Pinotti (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (FRA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI).

Doctor:
Dario Spinelli (ITA)

Press Officer:
Blandine Roquelet (FRA)

Staff:
Bus Driver/Soigneur: Gunther Landrie (BEL). Mechanic: Jürgen Landrie (BEL). Soigneurs: Bernd Coutteau (BEL), Freddy Viaene (BEL).