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Greg Van Avermaet (center) received help from teammate Daniel Oss (far right) to notch his fourth top 10 finish of the race. (©Sirotti.)
Greg Van Avermaet (center) received help from teammate Daniel Oss (far right) to notch his fourth top 10 finish of the race. (©Sirotti.)

Tour de France, Stage 11: Van Avermaet Seventh

16. July 2014

BMC Racing Team's Greg Van Avermaet notched his fourth top 10 finish of the Tour de France with seventh place on Wednesday, while teammate Tejay van Garderen remained seventh overall.

Helped By Oss In The Chase
Over the last climb of the 187.5-kilometer stage, Van Avermaet was part of a group chasing a breakaway of four others: past yellow jersey wearer Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol), Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Michael Rogers (Tinkoff-Saxo) and points classification leader Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling). "It was hard to chase them back, so I had to wait for Daniel Oss," Van Avermaet said. "He came to the front and tried to work for me the last three kilometers." Gallopin attacked his breakaway companions and soloed in just ahead of the chase to win the stage. John Degenkobl (Team Giant-Shimano) was second and Matteo Trentin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) finished third. "I tried to go a good sprint in the end," Van Avermaet said, "but maybe started a little bit too early. In the end they came over me." Van Avermaet's top 10 placing added to a runner-up finish on Stage 2, third on Stage 9 and 10th on Stage 7. Tejay van Garderen finished 26th and in the same time as the stage winner. He is 3:56 behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali (Astana Pro Team).

Listen to complete comments from Sport Director Yvon Ledanois and Van Avermaet (in English, Flemish and French) on the BMC Racing Team's Tour de France Audio Line.

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