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by Mark Zalewski
April 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Albasini wins first climbing stage at Tour de Romandie; Gilbert healing well, will lead his namesake event; Jurgen Van de Walle wins back compensation case against team; Van Avermaet downplays Worlds chances, tips Kristoff and says Belgium should host; BMC to start reduced squad at Tour de Yorkshire; Costa leading UAE Team Emirates in hunt for stage wins at Giro; BORA-Hansgrohe roster for Giro; Former Iranian champ suspended for more than seven years for doping; Driver who killed elderly cyclist and returned as bystander given suspended sentence; Video: Inside a Keirin Race – 360 video; Video: CYCLE – Alps 2 Ocean.
Following the impressive Spring Classics campaign of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) the Belgian media is already looking to the end of the year and the UCI World Championships in Bergen, Norway. However, the Olympic champion is downplaying the hype, saying the parcours would more favor the likes of Alexander Kristoff (Katusha-Alpecin).
“Naesen has already sent me the track and it is not really difficult,” he told Sporza.
“That’s not such good news, but we’ll see. It is within my power but it is not expressly tailored for my style. The sprinters will also have a chance.”
Van Avermaet said that host countries sometimes design courses that favour the chances of the home riders, like that of Kristoff in Norway, and that his home country of Belgium should perhaps do the same.
“It is is especially tailored to Kristoff. Perhaps Belgium should organize a World Championships and on a track for which the Belgians are good. In some countries they are nationalistic and make the course for their rider that has the best chance. That should be a hint for Belgium.”
Click through to read more at Sporza.