Greg Van Avermaet will depart Saturday (4 August) as leader of BMC in the Clasica San Sebastian. The past few years, got the olympic champion four times, a dense pride of place in the Spanish klimklassieker and also this time it is a top ten ambition.
“I was pleased with my form in the Tour and I have some very good results achieved”, says Van Avermaet is back on his Tourdeelname, which he colored with eight days yellow jersey. “I’m motivated to the Clasica San Sebastian and wants to make a good match drop. It is a challenging course but I love it and the style is me. If the shape is good, would be a new place in the top ten are excellent.”
Last year, Van Avermaet, just as in 2014, eighth in the Spanish worldtour classic, in 2016 he came as a fifth over the finish line. His best result he got in 2011, when Philippe Gilbert won and the Waaslander finished third.
The 33-year-old Van Avermaet with Loïc Vliegen, a Belgian aid. The rest of the BMC-selection consists of the New Zealander Patrick Bevin, the Australians Simon Gerrans and Miles Scotson, the Swiss Michael Schär and the Spaniard Francisco Ventoso.
Quick-Step Floors is Pieter Serry is the only Belgian in the team. The Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, good for two stage wins and the mountains jersey in the Tour, is the team leader. He gets his fellow countryman Rémi Cavagna beside him, just as the Dane Kasper Asgreen, the Luxemburger Bob Jungels, the Brit James Knox and the Ecuadorian Jhonnatan Narvaez.