Greg van Avermaet leads BMC's GC aspirations at BinckBank Tour
Aug 04 2017 08:28 pm CET

Greg van Avermaet leads BMC's GC aspirations at BinckBank Tour

Greg van Avermaet will be leading BMC Racing Team at the BinckBank Tour. The Olympic champion will fight for the General Classification in the race.

The former Eneco Tour has been a good race for the Belgian rider. "We have seen year after year that Greg performs well here and it is the kind of race where he can target the General Classification so, he will be our leader next week," said Sports Director Valerio Piva.

"There are a lot of UCI WorldTour points on offer at this race which is also a motivating factor for him. I think we are taking a strong team that can perform on all levels at this race."

Stefan Küng will be a protected rider, with the aspirations of a good performance in the time trial. "Stefan Küng will be in good form after the Tour de France, and we will see what he can do on the stage 2 time trial," commented the director.

"This day could make a difference overall, so I think Stefan will also be a protected rider. Traditionally, stage one is a sprinters' stage and for that we have Jempy Drucker while Michael Schär, who is coming out of the Tour also, Nathan Van Hooyondck, Loïc Vliegen and Manuel Quinziato are all great support riders for the team."

Van Avermaet is looking forward to the race, after finishing very close to the podium in 2016. "I had good sensations at Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian and BinckBank Tour is always a race that suits me," explained the rider. "I just missed out on a spot on the podium last year, so I am looking forward to racing here once again. I am feeling really motivated and it is always nice to be back racing in Belgium."

Full line-up: Jempy Drucker, Stefan Küng, Manuel Quinziato, Michael Schär, Miles Scotson, Greg Van Avermaet, Nathan Van Hooydonck, Loïc Vliegen
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet by Mary Cárdenas /



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