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Greg Van Avermaet registered his eighth top 10 finish of the season. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Greg Van Avermaet registered his eighth top 10 finish of the season. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Van Avermaet Seventh At Liège-Bastogne-Liège

24. April 2011

Ans, Belgium

After figuring prominently in a breakaway, Greg Van Avermaet sprinted to seventh place for the BMC Racing Team Sunday at Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Two In The Breakaway

Van Avermaet credited good teamwork for his eighth top 10 finish of the season – and his second in one of cycling's five monuments. "Jeff Louder did a good job of keeping me out of the wind at the beginning and Mathias Frank was working really well when I came up to the first breakaway," Van Avermaet said. "He put me in a good position before the Côte de la Redoute." BMC Racing Team Directeur Sportif John Lelangue said: "It was good to have Mathias in the first move and Greg anticipated pretty good after the Côte de la Haute-Levée to go in the counter."

Satisfying Result
With less than 20 kilometers to go, Van Avermaet followed the decisive move by brothers Fränk and Andy Schleck (LEOPARD TREK) and eventual winner Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto), but lost contact with the trio on the Côte de Saint-Nicolas. "I had cramps and couldn't get the power in my legs," he said. "I hoped to stay in fourth position, but four or five guys came back. It was a good race for me. I can't complain."