Van Avermaet Sprints to Fourth Place After Day in the Breakaway12. July 2016, Revel (FRA) — Road Team
Greg Van Avermaet and Damiano Caruso spent the majority of stage 10 of the Tour de France in the breakaway, with Van Avermaet sprinting to fourth place in a close finale in Revel.
The return to racing after the first rest day saw the peloton tackle a tough climb from the get go, before the day’s breakaway finally formed on the descent to build an eventual gap of more than nine minutes.
As the winds picked up in the final 30 kilometers, the 15-rider breakaway split into three groups. Van Avermaet launched the first attack to the the line to be edged out by stage winner Michael Matthews (ORICA BikeExchange). The peloton rolled across the line more than nine minutes later.
Caruso and Van Avermaet’s efforts see BMC Racing Team resume the lead in the Team Classification, and Caruso move into 21st place in the General Classification.
Quotes of the Day
Greg Van Avermaet:
“I wanted to surprise them and go from far as most of the time it’s my strongest point, but a few guys came over me. It’s been pretty good. It was a dream for me to ride with the Yellow Jersey and have a stage win. Now I’ve recovered well after the rest day and I’m pretty happy with my legs today so I was happy that I could fight again for the victory.”
“It was a hard day on the climb and I knew if a big break goes then it would go to the finish, and that’s why I tried to stay as long as possible. I climbed with the peloton, did a good descent and then bridged with Sylvain Chavanel to the breakaway. But I think Sagan was really strong so it was hard to beat him.”
“Today was a good day for us because Greg and I did a good job in the breakaway. It was also good for the team as well, as we took the lead of the Team Classification again. At the end it was a really fast and hard day because the first climb was really hard and then in the descent we formed the breakaway and we kept going to the finish. It was really hard at the end with the wind and rain and the breakaway split into two parts. Greg was in the first part which was good because he is faster than me. My condition is good and I think we’re in for some really hard days, but I think I’m ready to help our leaders, Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen.”
“To be honest I’m just happy to get back into the swing of things and be racing again after the rest day. There’s a flat stage tomorrow and then we’ll be back on the climbs.”
Tejay van Garderen:
“It was a rude start back into the race with a 23 kilometer climb right off the bat and then you add the rain to it. But it was good. It was nice to have the day of rest and I feel good, ready to tackle the second week.”
Tour de France
Stage 10 Escaldes-Engordany › Revel (197k)
Top 3: Michael Matthews (ORICA-BikeExchange), Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Dimension Data).
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 4. Greg Van Avermaet, 8. Damiano Caruso, 26. Richie Porte
BMC Racing Team Top 3 on GC: 11. Tejay van Garderen, 14. Richie Porte, 21. Damiano Caruso
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