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Todays best of the BMC Racing Team: Alex Moos (Foto by Tim De Waele)
Todays best of the BMC Racing Team: Alex Moos (Foto by Tim De Waele)

Steve Bovay earns Most Aggressive and King of the Mountains prize; Alex Moos stays high on GC

27. July 2008


The riders faced another fast start to the stage as riders constantly launched and relaunched attacks during the Tour de Wallonie’s Stage 2.  At 183,5 km, the day’s parcours would challenge the riders with many short, steep cobbled climbs. 

BMC came into the stage with an aggressive game plan.  Their young climber, Steve Bovay made himself the main protagonist for the stage when he launched an attack that turned into a 2 man breakaway, sweeping up all the prizes along the road, and getting within 10 km of winning the stage.  Ultimately ending in a sprint finish, the stage was won by the Quick-Step superstar Paolo Bettini, while Alex Moos finished safely in the main group.

BMC makes its mark in another long breakaway

The first 30 km of the stage saw the riders flying around the Belgian countryside, every team doing its best to get one of its riders into a strong break.  “The stage was a good one for us,” Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said.  “There were a lot of attacks in the first 25 or 30 km, but then Steve Bovay put in an attack at about kilometer 30, and stayed away until about 10km from the finish.”  Bovay broke his collarbone early in the season, but has returned to racing very strongly, providing Alex Moos invaluable support in the mountains during the Tour of Switzerland.   “Everyone was attacking in the first part of the race, so I tried with an attack and was joined by a Belgian rider,” Bovay explained.  “He was taking the sprint points and I was getting the KOM points, so we were happy to work together and make it last as long as possible.”  Not only did Steve earn maximum King of the Mountain points, he was also awarded the prize for Most Combative on the day.  “It was a great break for us since Steve was able to gain both of these prizes,” Lelangue said.  “And in the finish, we had Alex and Scott Nydam well placed so we can be very happy with the way the day went.” 

Staying safe, working as a team

“The team road really well today,” Scott Nydam said.  “Tony Cruz and Jackson Stewart did a great job protecting us, especially in the final 2 climbs, but really the whole stage everybody was working very well together.”  The team escaped the crashes along the road, but Scott Nydam did have the bad luck to drop his chain near the finish, losing him a small amount of time. “I am feeling well, as well as I could possibly feel, really,” Nydam reported after the stage. “I dropped my chain when we started climbing the final cobbled climb, and I shifted to the small chain ring a little too hard.”  This mishap lost Nydam a bit of time, but he along with Alex Moos, is still well placed for a high overall position.  “There is still a good chance that we can be well situated for the overall,” Alex Moos said.  “Riding these sorts of stages where the pave can be very dangerous, it is important to keep a good position at the base of the hills.”

Goals for the days to come

“Tomorrow will be another hilly stage with 6 or 7 categorized climbs,” Lelangue explained.  “We will be looking for the break again, and will have to see how well Steve recovers before we decide whether we will be able to defend his jersey.”  “I certainly hope I can keep the KOM jersey tomorrow,” Bovay said.  “I will have to see how I can recover since we were in the break for a long time today, but these short climbs are pretty good for me so I will see how I go.”  Monday’s stage will present the riders with another hilly course as it traces its way south from Beauraing to Neufchâteau.  “We have the KOM for now and we still have Alex and Scott in play for the overall, so we’re pleased with our position at the moment and will plan of building on these accomplishments,” Lelangue explained.