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It goes well with Greg

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Van Avermaet wins immediately in Valencia and see a strong team around him

It goes well with Greg

No, a marquee event we will have the Tour of Valencia never call. But for one man it was this time more than an obligatory warm-up in the direction of classics. This was the first test for Greg Van Avermaet and the new CCC. Our conclusion: it goes well with Van Avermaet.

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Greg Van Avermaet feels good in his new team CCC. He also sees his team mates to perform strongly. Cor Vos/photo news

Van Avermaet wins immediately in Valencia and see a strong team around him

It goes well with Greg

No, a marquee event we will have the Tour of Valencia never call. But for one man it was this time more than an obligatory warm-up in the direction of classics. This was the first test for Greg Van Avermaet and the new CCC. Our conclusion: it goes well with Van Avermaet.

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Wim Vos

ValenciaGreg Of the Team can rest easy. The Belgj came this winter in what is a forced marriage. A combination of Polish money and a American structure. The zloty’s of CCC, the organization of BMC. It led to a strange mix: staff from both sides, the riders of both teams and a lot of newcomers. The lesson of Radioshack to remember loved many a his heart. That no longer need. The new CCC is not krabbenmand. Or still not that impressed. Not on the bike, not next to it. Van Avermaet says about it: ‘I sometimes still feel that I am at the old BMC bike.” So familiar it feels.

That Of the Team in addition to his personal carer, also his faithful servant Michael Schär is still in the vicinity, there will not be strange. But it is more, he emphasizes. ‘You also see it among the staff. The atmosphere is very good. This is already a real team.’ And to emphasize that it is more than a flat pleasantry, he adds: ‘If it were not so, I’d say. Of course, the good results for something in between.’

Such as on the Kwaremont

But don’t let that great reassurance number two. The team performs well. You could almost say: ‘surprisingly good’. The victory of Patrick Bevin in Down Under – without the Team then – was already a first sign on the wall. But could you still as a half-fluke consider. Then was the stage win of last Friday is of a different order. The ride to Chera was advance with fluo circled by Van Avermaet and his team management. This was the ride where they moésten – with a special emphasis. The leader and his servants.

Who here saw how Alexander Kristoff, with a belly, more than ten minutes after Van Avermaet at the finish hobbled, could not get the contrast back

And they were there. Van Avermaet won. But most of all his team mates – mostly newcomers who, not everybody was convinced – guided Of the Team flawlessly in the direction of final. Until deep in the final was CCC very well represented. A surprise? Even Van Avermaet admits: “Even I had not so much support. It was better than I had hoped.’

Just as we Saturday again saw why Wisniowski last year still second in the Omloop het Nieuwsblad or why Of the Team there Van Hoecke and Van Keirsbulck definitely wanted in the direction of spring. The slothelling was too steep and too long for Van Avermaet, but – if it was an exercise for the rush to the Oude Kwaremont in the Tour of Flanders and they put their leader back flawlessly. ‘That way grinding, we are the automatisms in it,’ said Van Avermaet.

Or the guarantees for the classics? No. Re: why is this Round of Valencia, with not eighteen but ‘only’ ten WorldTour teams at the start, a limited measure of value. But in that respect honor, we the Gijs-Van-Hoecke-theory. ‘If you are here already can not, then you can certainly not in the classics.’ Wielerwijsheid where there is no pin between.

We arrive at the condition Of the Team. There were advance doubts? Gosh, let’s make it a light subject to call. By that merger: how would he have that changes digest? By that year older: would there be no speck of wear? And by that year without a major victory in 2018: would he win remain open?

On all three of the questions followed here in Valencia a reassuring answer. Yes, he can still win. Yes, he has made the transition to CCC swiftly digested. And no, with his explosiveness, it turns out that there are also 33rd nothing wrong.

Provides the guarantees? Chera Oudenaarde is not. But who here saw how Alexander Kristoff, with a belly, in the same Chera more than ten minutes after Van Avermaet at the finish hobbled, could not get the contrast back. Relatively how such a Round of Valencia is, it goes well with Greg.

Results: 4th stage: 1. Adam YATES (GBr/Mitchelton-Scott) 188.0 miles in 4u54’57” (avg.: 38.244 km/h); 2. Alejandro Valverde (Spa); 3. Peio Bilbao (Spa) 2”; 4. Ion Izagirre (Spa); 5. Daniel Martin (Ipr) 4”; 5th stage: 1. Dylan GROENEWEGEN (Ned/Team Jumbo – Visma) 88.0 km in 1u50’17” (gem.: 47.877 km/h); 2. Alexander Kristoff (Noo); 3. Matteo Trentin (Ita); 4. Luka Mezgec (Sln); 5. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra)

Final standings: 1. Ion IZAGIRRE (Sp/Astana Pro Team) 16u08’44”; 2. Alejandro Valverde (Sp) 7”; 3. Peio Bilbao (Sp); 4. Daniel Martin (Ire) 16”; 5. Dylan Teuns 18”

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