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Klaas Lodewyck's third place finish was his best result of the year. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Klaas Lodewyck's third place finish was his best result of the year. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Tour de Wallonie, Stage 4: Lodewyck Finishes Third

24. July 2012

Klaas Lodewyck registered his best result of the season Tuesday by finishing third in the penultimate stage of the Tour de Wallonie.

Perfect Lead Out
Lodewyck followed the wheels of teammates Steve Morabito and Adam Blythe as the peloton charged to the finish of the 207-kilometer race. But the winner of the most aggressive rider classification at the Tour of Oman said he hesitated when he hit the front. "It was a perfect lead out but I think I waited one or two seconds too long and that made me lose the victory," he said. "But I'm happy with third. Maybe tomorrow I can do better than this." Danilo Napolitano (Acqua & Sapone) won his second stage while Davide Appollonio (Sky ProCycling) was second. Lodewyck said he was told in the pre-race meeting the team would ride for him in the absence of Greg Van Avermaet, who left Monday for the Olympics. "I didn't feel pressure, but I was happy I could do my own thing and the guys believed in me," Lodewyck said. "So I tried to make the best of it. To start with a third place is not bad at all."

Eijssen Best-Placed Overall
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Rik Verbrugghe said Lodewyck's result – and the BMC Racing Team's second straight top 10 finish after Van Avermaet was 10th on Monday – was a good example of teamwork. "Today was a really good day for us," Verbrugghe said. "I asked Adam and Steve to make the lead out for Klaas and they did a nice job. And before that, Johann Tschopp was trying to go in the early breaks." Yannick Eijssen (26th) is the BMC Racing Team's best-placed rider in the overall standings. He and Morabito are both 15 seconds back of race leader and Stage 3 winner Giacomo Nizzolo (RadioShack-Nissan) with only Wednesday's 179.2 km race to go. "Tomorrow, it will be a little bit the same as today," Verbrugghe said. "Klaas's shape is getting better and better, so we'll try to do it exactly the same."

Listen to Lodewyck's complete comments on the BMC Racing Team AudioLine.