BMC Racing Team’s Oss Third At E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke
Daniel Oss finished third for the BMC Racing Friday at E3 Prijs Vlaanderen-Harelbeke after being part of a five-man chase group that was unable to close the gap to winner Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard), who soloed the final 35 kilometers.
Was Feeling Good
Oss matched his best result of the season by attacking his group inside the final kilometer in a bid to solo to second place. But Peter Sagan (Cannondale Pro Cycling Team) caught him just before the line for the runner-up spot. “I felt good during the week and today I was also feeling good,” Oss said. “I waited until the moment in the race for the big men to make their move. Yesterday, I looked at the parcours so knew where I could go in front. I gave my best.” When one of the decisive moves was made on the climb of the Taaienberg with 62 of the 211 kilometers to go, Oss was the only BMC Racing Team rider who could follow it. “He made a good move when Cancellara and Tom Boonen went on the attack,” BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said. “I told him to stay quiet and stay on the wheels. I was hoping Greg Van Avermaet or Phillipe Gilbert would come back to the front.”
An Opportunity For Himself
With Oss riding as part of a 12-man leading group, Cancellara attacked on the cobblestoned climb of the Kwaremont and quickly gained 30 seconds that stretched to 49 with 25 km to go. Oss and the four remaining in the chase – Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Sebastien Langeveld (Orica-GreenEDGE), Sagan and Geraint Thomas (Sky Procycling) – narrowed the gap to 48 seconds with 8 km to go but could get no closer. Oss, who is new to the BMC Racing Team this year, also finished third on Stage 2 of the Tour du Haut Var last month. Baldato said he was happy to see Oss rewarded for the work has done in service to others at other races. “He’s done good work to help his teammates and finally had his own opportunity to make a result himself,” he said.