Thor Hushovd took the win and Daniel Oss was runner-up to earn the BMC Racing Team a 1-2 finish in Tuesday’s bunch sprint that concluded Stage 3 at the Tour of Austria.
Lead-Out Was ‘Flawless’
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Jackson Stewart said the stage win – the BMC Racing Team’s third in the last three editions of the Tour of Austria – was the result of a concerted team effort. “Every guy on the team worked well and did their part,” he said. “First with the guys like Alessandro Ballan and Marco Pinotti helping bring back two guys who were up the road late, and then helping with the lead-out, which was flawless.” Dominik Nerz, Danilo Wyss and Greg Van Avermaet ramped up the speed before Oss took Hushovd into the final 500 meters of the 119.7-kilometer stage. “The guys did a great job of working together,” Hushovd said. “It was actually a hard moment just to pass Daniel and then I looked under my arm and couldn’t see anyone. I’m really, really happy. When a team works so well like this, it’s easy to win a bike race.” Hushovd’s win was his third of the season, adding to the Norwegian national road title he won June 23 and Stage 1 of the Tour du Haut Var on Feb. 16. Oss’s result matched his best of the season while Van Avermaet was also in the top 10, in seventh. “In the last kilometer, I did my normal job: working with the other guys in front of me to get us in the best position before the last corner,” Oss said. “I’m feeling great and this was a nice result.” Kevin Seeldraeyers (Astana Pro Team) kept the overall lead.