Greg Van Avermaet

Van Avermaet defies his own expectations: ‘To be honest, I was not expecting to win Roubaix’

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. …

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Van Avermaet takes Paris-Roubaix from five-rider group in velodrome

After a fast and tactical Paris-Roubaix that saw a reversal of fortunes for many pre-race favorites, Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing took his first Monument victory in the Roubaix velodrome, beating out Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step Floors) and Sebastian Langeveld (Cannondale-Drapac). The victory came as a bit of redemption for Van Avermaet, who …

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‘One of the classiest of the big champions’: Rivals, teammates celebrate Boonen’s career

Win or lose on Sunday, Tom Boonen’s retirement will leave the peloton without one of its most well-known champions. He’s been a ferocious and successful competitor, but also an athlete with some very human qualities. CyclingTips spoke to some of his teammates and rivals to get a picture of what the Belgian is really like. …

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After taking himself out of two classics in a row, Sagan’s spring campaign hinges on Paris-Roubaix

One moment, Peter Sagan was in good position, looking strong, and headed for the podium — or more. The next, through his own actions, he’d removed himself from the equation. This was the scenario at the Tour of Flanders last weekend, when Sagan skirted the cobblestones on the Oude Kwaremont, instead of riding the soft shoulder …

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A dream day for Belgium: Gilbert solos to victory at dramatic Tour of Flanders

Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert lived out a dream scenario for any Belgian cyclist Sunday at the Ronde van Vlaanderen — crossing the finish line of the most important race in Belgium, alone, in the tricolor of black, yellow, and red. On a day marked by crashes and slow bike changes of several pre-race favorites, Gilbert …

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Van Avermaet wins a thrilling, tactical Gent-Wevelgem

First, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on February 25. Then E3 Harelbeke, on Friday. And on Sunday, Gent-Wevelgem. By out-sprinting Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott), Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing has now won three Belgian classics this spring — only the second rider to win all three in the same season — and heads into next Sunday’s Ronde van …

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Van Avermaet sprints Gilbert to win Flanders warm-up in Harelbeke

Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) won a three-man, all-Belgian sprint to win the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke, a Tour of Flanders warm-up race held nine days before De Ronde. Van Avermaet out-sprinted Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) and Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale) to take his first victory at Harelbeke. It was Van …

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Kwiatkowski clocks up second Strade Bianche victory with fine solo ride

Former world road race champion Michael Kwiatkowski raced to his second career victory in Strade Bianche, conquering the legendary white roads again three years after his 2014 win. The Polish rider gave some good news to his Team Sky squad, which has been under pressure of late due to the investigation into the mystery package …

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What we’re talking about after Spring Classics opening weekend

They’re back! After ten months of waiting it’s Spring Classics time again. The steady build-up to the Monumental Classics of the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and Paris-Roubaix began in earnest at the weekend, with the traditional opening races Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (a WorldTour race for the first time) and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne. As ever these races threw up …

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Van Avermaet lukewarm about Flanders route changes; talks Gilbert tensions and Liège

Saturday’s Omloop Het Nieuwsblad will mark the first target for Greg Van Avemaet this season, but that race pales in importance when compared to his big aim, the Tour of Flanders. Van Avermaet has a long history in the race, finishing eighth in his second attempt back in 2008, and then placing fourth in 2012, …

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