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by Shane Stokes

March 15, 2018

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Van Avermaet: Milan-San Remo is a lottery

by CyclingTips

Speaking in advance of Saturday’s Milan-San Remo, Greg Van Avermaet has said he is ready to go in terms of the Classics in general, and Milan-San Remo. “I feel pretty good after Tirreno-Adriatico. My shape is good and I’m looking forward to starting the one-day races which are my specialty,” he said.

“I think Milan-San Remo is a lottery but I am always motivated for a nice result there. It’s a hard race but I am always there in the right moves and in the final so I hope I can achieve a good result this Saturday.”

He has ridden the race ten times, and was top ten in 2011 and 2016. He will be backed by former winner Simon Gerrans, Tirreno runner-up Damiano Caruso, Alberto Bettiol, Jempy Drucker, Jürgen Roelandts and Michael Schär.

“Although we have Greg Van Avermaet as our leader, Milan-San Remo is not a race where we go in as the outright favorite team,” said BMC Racing Team Directeur sportif Max Sciandri. “However, some sprinters are out of the race so that could change the dynamics a little bit. As usual, we will be going there with the whole team around Greg. Greg has tested himself on a couple of occasions at Tirreno-Adriatico and his condition looks good. I think he is on a good and healthy build-up to Milan-San Remo.

“We are going in with a really experienced team with riders like Simon Gerrans, a former winner here, and Jürgen Roelandts. I think it is maybe one of the strongest teams we have ever had around Greg and we will just have to play our cards in the right way on Saturday.”