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by Mark Zalewski
April 19, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Dennis takes stage win, Pinot leads at Tour of the Alps; Modolo sprints to win at Tour of Croatia opener; Gilbert out of Giro d’Italia; Greg Van Avermaet felt ‘let down by the team’ at Amstel Gold Race; 2018 UCI Road World Championship course could be toughest in history; Western Australia to push for new laws for cyclist safety; Appeal denied for driver who made gun gesture at cyclist, BBC presenter; Community rallies to replace bike stolen from elderly woman; Video: Riders ride through roundabout at Tour of Croatia; Video: Canyon/SRAM ready for La Fléche Wallonne; Video: 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup; Video: Don’t Forget Fun with Team Wooly Mammoth.
BMC Classics leader Greg Van Avermaet told Het Nieuwsblad that he felt “let down by the team” at Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race, in that he did not have the support like other teams provided their leaders. And the team immediately responded to his critique with Alan Peiper saying, “Yes, we will strengthen the core around Greg for next year. At least two Classics riders are coming.”
Greg Van Avermaet was left alone in the finale of Amstel Gold Race.
Van Avermaet finished 12th, in the main group, 1:11 down on race winner Philippe Gilbert and runner-up Michal Kwiatkowski. Van Avermaet was without support in the critical time of the race while the other favourites had teammates.
Sport director Valerio Piva said that the team’s strategy was to push the pace on the front earlier in the race in an attempt to thin the peloton, but that backfired, resulting in the team burning up riders too early while other teams got a free ride. As well, Piva said it is tough to support the Olympic champion given his ability.
“We have no one on the level of Greg. It was supposed to De Marchi to ride deepest into the finale, but he also rode when the rest of the team went to the front. Too early, but he did it to help Greg.”
Alan Peiper said Paris-Roubaix was a good example of when the team strategy worked out. “Daniel Oss was able to put him in the driver’s seat… with the tens of kilometres on the front so Greg could ride the wheels, it gave him the key to win the race.”
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