Van Avermaet 7th on Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 27. June 2016, Van Avermaet 7th on Critérium du Dauphiné Stage 2 — Road Team
Greg Van Avermaet crossed the line in seventh place in the battle to catch the final breakaway on Stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné.
The original five-rider breakaway was caught on the final climb of the day, which made way for multiple attacks off the front of the peloton, with four new riders eventually going clear.
BMC Racing Team controlled the chase to bring the group back, with Van Avermaet sprinting off the front of the peloton in the final kilometer to reach the breakaway on the finish line.
Porte finished with the rest of the General Classification contenders to maintain his second place overall.
Quotes of the Day
Greg Van Avermaet:
“I was feeling really good, even a bit surprised about how good I felt on the climbs. We started pulling because it was a good finish for me but it was hard to catch the break back. With 800 meters to go, a couple of AG2R riders crashed in front of me, and then I started my sprint early but I couldn’t come over them. It would have been nice to win today.”
“It was a good day. It went quite fast and the team were good around me today. It would have been better to have a couple of guys around me there in the finish, but we didn’t lose anytime which is good. I felt really good and I’m looking forward to the mountains. In the grand scheme of things that’s where everything can change.”
Critérium du Dauphiné (2.UWT)
Stage 2 Crêches-sur-Saône › Chalmazal-Jeansagnière (168k)
Top 3: Jesus Herrada (Movistar Team), Tony Gallopin (Lotto Soudal), Serge Pauwells (Dimension Data)
BMC Racing Team Top 3: 7. Greg Van Avermaet, 15. Richie Porte, 43. Damiano Caruso
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