Proud Greg Van Avermaet finishes season
Sep 29 2017 12:55 pm CET

Proud Greg Van Avermaet finishes season
Proud Greg Van Avermaet finishes season
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GREG VAN AVERMAET
BMC RACING TEAM

Greg Van Avermaet won't take part in any more races in what remains of the current cycling season, having already secured the top spot in the UCI WorldTour ranking.

The Olympic champion contemplated riding Il Lombardia next week but, being certain of winning the individual WorldTour ranking, decided that he would rather end his season a few weeks earlier and take more rest ahead of 2018.

"It's been a long season," the Belgian told Sporza. "And wherever I rode, I rode to win. At the end of the season you look at your options. I could have done Il Lombardia too but that was two weeks after the World Championships.

The races in between don't really suit me, which makes it hard to keep going. It's better to stop two weeks earlier for once and take some extra rest looking at next year.

"Lombardia is one of the heaviest races of the year. You either start with ambition, or you stay home.

"I didn't ride a lot in the last four weeks: The two Canadian races and the World Championships. So I can't say I'm exhausted, but mentally it was hard to keep training and stay focused for a few races. A bit of decompression is normal."

Van Avermaet finishes ahead of Tour de France and Vuelta a España winner Chris Froome, to secure the top spot of the UCI WorldTour ranking. "I am proud that I can finish this year being the best in the world. I realize how hard that is. Last year I had a super year and finished sixth or seventh. In other years it was even difficult to enter the top 10. That shows how strong my year was and how consistent I have been."
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet by Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com





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