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by Neal Rogers
July 4, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan pulls foot from pedal in sprint, still wins Stage 3 of Tour de France; Jolien D’hoore takes Stage 4 sprint at Giro Rosa; Viviani wins Stage 1 at Tour of Austria as Vanmarcke moves into race lead; McCabe, Allar take US national criterium championship titles; Van Avermaet and Porte aggressive, but BMC Racing empty handed after Stage 3; Esteban Chaves hit by tragic news from Colombia; Dan Martin pleased with Stage 3 podium finish, GC situation at Tour de France; Peter Sagan becomes C40 Goodwill Ambassador for Biking Cities; Izagirre recovering in Germany after surgery on lumbar vertebrae; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 3 highlights.
BMC Racing Team had two riders fighting for the stage win on the uphill finish in Longwy during the finale of Stage 3 at the Tour de France Monday, with Greg Van Avermaet and Richie Porte in good position to win in the final kilometer.
Inside the final kilometer, Porte surprised everyone by attacking and gaining a few meters on the strung out peloton behind him, however was ultimately caught about 400m before the line. Van Avermaet launched his sprint but was not able to get past eventual winner Peter Sagan (Bora Hansgrohe) and settled for fourth place on the line.
“I was put in a fantastic position there in the final,” Porte said. “I felt good but with 500 meters to go, I knew it was a bit too far out. I think it’s good for the team. They were really strong today so it’s a shame we couldn’t quite finish it off. For the last 40km it was a hell of a fight. It was a dangerous and tricky final so it was nice to get through that one unscathed. All of the guys chipped in today and they were really strong. It’s good for the confidence to have a bit of a crack.”
Van Avermaet said BMC’s decision to playing both options for the stage win was the best tactic.
“I think Richie did a hard job,” he said. “Everyone was a little bit ‘à bloc’. Even Peter Sagan left a gap a little bit. Then, it was just about timing. I wanted to go a little bit earlier and surprise Peter a bit and take his wheel. But then he lost his pedal and he restarted his sprint again with me next to him and in the wind. This killed me a little bit I think. The team kept a good position for both of us. We had both options to play and I think this is the best approach to not lose time. Maybe you gain some seconds over the other guys if you are at the front of the peloton so for me it is the best solution to do what we did today.”
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