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by Mark Zalewski
March 16, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bouhanni wins Nokere Koerse; UK Sport went easy on British Cycling for medals; USA Cycling reveals Pro Road Championship courses; Strange incident in final kilometres of Nokere Koerse; Van Avermaet ready for San Remo; Riders already saying goodbye to Boonen; Melbourne cyclist who was shot speaks about incident; Rapha looking to sell?; 77-year-old cyclist to ride entire Giro course for charity; Perth cyclists draw a Strava goat; 2017 Cape Epic trailer.
Greg Van Avermaet will be the BMC team’s protected rider for Saturday’s Italian Monument, Milano-San Remo. The Olympic champion says he is ready for the challenge of improving on his fifth place last year.
Greg Van Avermaet leads the chase at Strade Bianche.
“I’ve come out of Tirreno-Adriatico with good feelings. I’m really happy with my form and I hope to do well in the Classics. Milan-San Remo is a hard race and a bit of a lottery. It’s a beautiful race and I love it but you have to have a bit of luck to win, especially if you’re not the fastest guy in the peloton. I want to win a Monument this year and Milan-San Remo is my first opportunity so if everything goes perfectly, I hope to have a chance,” Van Avermaet said.
“We saw how strong Greg is with his win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and second place at Strade Bianche. We have a great team in support of Greg, with riders like Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato and Francisco Ventoso bringing a lot of experience,” sport director Max Sciandri said.
“As the longest one-day race on the calendar, Milan-San Remo is one of the toughest races these riders will line up at all year. Greg generally thrives in these conditions and the longer the race, the stronger he gets. We’re ready to give it everything we have this Saturday.”
Van Avermaet is certainly in good form, having won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and coming second at Strade Bianche. He also finished fourth on stage two of Tirreno-Adriatico.