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Ronde van Vlaanderen: On the Cobbles with Greg Van Avermaet

6. April 2017, Oudenaarde (BEL) — Road Team

(c) Karen M. Edwards

This week we're taking a look at some of our favorite images from Ronde van Vlaanderen and telling the story behind the shot. We continue with Greg Van Avermaet on the cobbles...

(c) Karen M. Edwards

“The most important thing is to enjoy the day. It’s really something special to start as a top favorite in a home race, especially a race as big as Flanders. It’s always important to still enjoy what you’re doing. If you think too much about the stress and think too much about winning, you lose a lot of energy. You can get into a rhythm pretty quickly when you have a good start.”

“Most of the time in the middle of the race I’m busy thinking about the parcours. To be in front, what is coming up, where and what I need to eat and drink. You focus more from climb to climb rather than thinking too far ahead. You also think about how you feel and how the race is developing, where you want it to go and where the best moment to do something is.”

“At every race I always have it in my mind to give all of my energy, to cross the line with nothing left in my body. When I crossed the line in second place last Sunday I gave the race everything in my body to get that result. The crash was the most decisive moment and if this didn’t happen I could have been sprinting for the victory. So, it was a big disappointment. But, the day after I realized that I did whatever I could and I didn’t make any mistakes or have any regrets, so I can be happy with second place.”

- Greg Van Avermaet

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