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by Mark Zalewski
April 11, 2017
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ROUBAIX, France (CT) – For several years Greg Van Avermaet was known as a rider who experienced more near-misses than major victories. However, in the past 10 months he has fully put paid to that reputation.
Last August the Belgian triumphed in the Olympic road race, defying pre-race predictions that a specialist climber would win. On Sunday he recorded another milestone, taking the first Monument victory of his career when he scooped Paris-Roubaix.
He outsprinted Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step) and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac) in the famous velodrome, earning himself one of the race’s distinctive cobblestone trophies.
Commenting afterwards, he referred to his previous reputation as a nearly man.
“The Olympics is always going to be my biggest victory,” he said in the post-race press conference in the newer ‘Stab’ velodrome [named after former world champion Jean Stablinski]. “But it is good to have also now a Monument, otherwise you will keep asking when am I going to win one …”
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