Amaël Moinard won the final stage of the Tour du Haut Var Sunday to register the BMC Racing Team’s sixth victory of the season on his way to placing third overall.
Evans Finishes Fourth
Moinard beat Carlos Betancur (AG2R La Mondiale) in a two-up sprint after the pair broke away on the final climb of the 203.4-kilometer race. Moinard said he knew the Côte des Tuilières ascent “perfectly” and waited until it flattened out slightly with 500 meters to go. “Then I jumped and made it pretty hard,” he said. “Betancur came up to me and we went full out on the downhill. I didn’t touch the brakes – I just went full gas. He was interested in winning the GC (general classification) and I wanted the stage, so it was perfect to go together to the line.” Betancur, winner of Saturday’s Stage 1, won the race overall ahead of teammate Samuel Dumoulin. Moinard’s teammate, Cadel Evans, finished fourth on the stage, 12 seconds back, and placed fifth in the final standings.
Hushovd Solos From Breakaway
Earlier in the 203.4-kilometer race BMC Racing Team’s Thor Hushovd set the stage by soloing out of an eight-man breakaway with about 55 km to go. The reigning Norwegian national road champion enjoyed a nearly two-minute lead before the peloton overtook him inside the final 20 kms. “With Thor in the breakaway, it was easier for the team,” BMC Racing Team Sport Director Yvon Ledanois said. “I also think it was a good for Thor because it was good preparation for the classics. I am also very happy for Amaël. He is always working for the leader and now he is a winner himself.” It was Moinard’s first victory since joining the BMC Racing Team in 2011, the season he helped Evans win the Tour de France. His last victory before Sunday had also come in a two-up sprint, in the final stage of the 2010 edition of Paris-Nice.
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