Greg Van Avermaet: Every small piece came together
Apr 10 2017 04:23 am CET

Greg Van Avermaet: Every small piece came together

Greg Van Avermaet has won Paris-Roubaix and even though the race had some difficult moments for the BMC rider, at the end he got the strongest legs in the final sprint.

Van Avermaet suffered mechanical problems and got involved in crashes during the French race but everything came together for him to get this victory. "I had a little bit of bad luck before the Arenberg but the team really did a good job and everyone was in a good spot for me," said the rider at the end of the race. "I think Daniel Oss in the end did a really good job to put me in the best spot.

"I think every small piece came together and that's why I won. I felt really strong at the end and I was believing in myself and my chances and I was really happy that I could finish it off in the sprint."

Even though the rider has taken many important victories in the last months, he still can't believe that he won his first monument. "This is the maybe the race I would say I was not able to win. When I first came here I was so tired at the finish line, and it was not really what I was expecting but I am so happy that I did it.

"I think everything went perfectly. For me the Olympics will always be my greatest win but now it's really nice to have a Monument too."

The Belgian has had a spectacular year with victories that include the road race at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic games, Gent-Wevelgem and the E3-Harelbeke, becoming the rider that everyone is betting on. "For sure I'm happy that I am now in this position. I tried for so many years to sit in this spot at these kind of races.

"I always believed that I could do it but you also need the results. When you win, you get more confident and the team gets more confident. It's nice to win on the last day of Tom Boonen. I was looking last night at Wikipedia at Tom's results and his career is so impressive. He won four times here and it's to be part of his last race."
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet by Mary Cárdenas /



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