Van Avermaet Fourth at Binche-Chimay-Binche4. October 2016, Binche (BEL) — Road Team
Greg Van Avermaet raced for the final time on home soil in Belgian for the 2016 season at Binche-Chimay-Binche where he powered to fourth place on the cobbled circuit finish.
194.5km started on the road before the final 70km played out on four laps of the finishing circuit in Binche, and had a relatively quiet start to the day when just two riders went clear.
There were multiple chase groups that were quickly brought back to the bunch, and it wasn’t until the leading duo was brought back with 15km to go that the race really heated up.
Countless attacks played out, with Jempy Drucker and Floris Gerts in the mix, but it was Van Avermaet who was well-positioned going in the final kilometers.
Arnaud Demare (FDJ), the eventual winner, and Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep) battled it out for the win, with Jurgen Roelandts and Greg Van Avermaet fighting for the last place on the podium.
BMC Racing Team will race for the last time in Europe this season at Paris-Tours this Sunday, 9 October.
Quotes from the Finish Line
Greg Van Avermaet:
“I tried to attack in the last kilometer on cobbles to get away from the pure sprinters. Only four guys could follow me and I ended up with Jurgen Roelandts going for third place. I tried to win but it wasn’t happening today. I’m pretty happy with the race and how I went. If you don’t try, you don’t win so I gave it a go. I’m feeling good though ahead of Paris-Tours 4 guys could follow me. Tried to win, not happening. Pretty happy. If you don’t try, you can’t win. Paris-tours different. No climbs.
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“When the two riders went clear in the breakaway, there were also 2 riders chasing behind. A lot of teams were wanting us to pull as this is normal when you have a mix of big and small teams, but it wasn’t our responsibility to start pulling with 140km remaining. We sent one rider up the front and once the breakaway had a 10-minute advantage some of the other teams started to send guys up the front.”
“I said to the guys that we need to try some different options in the final. Jempy Drucker jumped in a move with 5 riders that looked good. Afterwards we had Taylor Eisenhart and Fabian Lienhard doing a good job pulling, and Dylan Teuns and and Loic Vliegen working for the leaders. With 3km to go Floris Gerts pulled full gas, and Jempy positioned Greg well for the finale. Arnaud Demare is a big sprinter so it’s always hard to overcome a good sprinter with that sort of finish. Greg was strong and he tried really hard in the finale. I’m happy with today’s result. The team worked hard and did a good job.”
Binche > Binche (194.5km)
Top 3: 1. Arnaud Demard (FDJ), 2. Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep), 3. Jurgen Roelandts (Lotto-Soudal).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 4. Greg Van Avermaet, 15. Rick Zabel, 36. Floris Gerts