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Van Avermaet Set for Opening Weekend in Belgium

23. February 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team

Greg Van Avermaet will be back to defend his Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title. (c) TDWSport.com

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad defending champion, Greg Van Avermaet, will be back at the start line this Saturday, 25 February, looking to repeat his success at the opening weekend in Belgium.

The Belgian lines up at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne after showing solid early season form in Spain and Oman, Sports Director Valerio Piva said.

“We’re excited to be racing again at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and this time with the defending champion, Greg Van Avermaet, in our ranks. The opening weekend in Belgium means that the cycling season is well and truly underway, and now that the race is UCI WorldTour we are even more determined to do well. Greg will have a very strong team around him for both races, with more of a focus on the sprinters for Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne on Sunday,” Piva explained.

“For Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, we have Tom Bohli, Silvan Dillier and Miles Scotson stepping in to replace Floris Gerts, Michael Schär and Francisco Ventoso. BMC Racing Team has had an excellent start to the year and we hope to build on this in Belgium.”

Van Avermaet is excited to race on home soil for the first time this year.

“I’ve had a good start to the season in Spain and Oman, but there is nothing like racing on home soil. Having won Omloop Het Nieuwsblad last year, for sure I want to come back and do well again at both races. It will be a good indication of my form at this time of the year, knowing that my big goals are to come in April,” Van Avermaet said.

Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (25 February)

Rider Roster: Jempy Drucker (LUX), Martin Elmiger (SUI), Floris Gerts (NED), Stefan Küng (SUI), Daniel Oss (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Francisco Ventoso (ESP).

Sports Director: Valerio Piva (ITA)

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Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (26 February)

Rider Roster: Tom Bohli (SUI), Silvan Dillier (SUI), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Martin Elmiger (SUI), Stefan Küng (SUI), Daniel Oss (ITA), Miles Scotson (AUS), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).

Sports Director: Valerio Piva (ITA)

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