Gutsy Ride by Van Avermaet at Gent-Wevelgem27. March 2016, Wevelgem (BEL) — Road Team
Greg Van Avermaet has crossed the line in ninth place at Gent-Wevelgem in a bunch sprint for the minor placings after Peter Sagan (Tinkoff) secured the win in a four-rider breakaway.
Having skipped E3 Harelebke on Friday due to illness Van Avermaet was not feeling 100% at the start line, but nonetheless put in a gutsy ride to slip into the top ten.
The 243km race saw multiple breakaways throughout the day and strong winds split the peloton, making for a stressful day in the saddle. In the end it was a move by Sagan, (Katusha), Fabian Cancellera (Trek-Segafredo) and Seb Vanmarcke (LottoNL-Jumbo) which proved successful.
Van Avermaet is disappointed with the result.
“I didn’t feel too good but I’m disappointed because I was close to wheels of the guys who went out the front. In the end I’m happy that I was there because I wasn’t expecting to be that good, so I felt I was good but not good enough to be in the big attack,” Van Avermaet said.
“In the end I guess I have to be happy with my legs as I was sick on Friday so I only had one or two days to recover. The focus is now on Ronde Van Vlaanderen in a week’s time so I’ll try and rest and recover well to be back with my usual form then.”
BMC Racing Team Sports Director Fabio Baldato said the team made the most of the situation.
“It was a great race for the team. Greg was good but was still missing something due to his illness. In the final he was a little bit empty. He was right up there but when they attacked on the final climb he was dropped,” Baldato said.
“We knew going into it that Greg wasn’t in the best condition but it’s a good sign for next week (Ronde van Vlaanderen). All of the guys rode really well and they reacted when they needed to. Hopefully we’ll have Greg back at 100% next Sunday.”
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