Greg Van Avermaet and Brent Bookwalter lead BMC at Tour de Yorkshire
Apr 28 2018 07:31 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet and Brent Bookwalter lead BMC at Tour de Yorkshire
Greg Van Avermaet and Brent Bookwalter lead BMC at Tour de Yorkshire
Photo BMC Racing Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing Team) is returning to racing at the upcoming Tour de Yorkshire. Brent Bookwalter will also be a protected rider.

Van Avermaet's last appearance was at the Amstel Gold Race, in which he finished in 14th position and he will be trying to get a good GC spot at the British race. "Looking at the race, I think we have two riders, Greg Van Avermaet and Brent Bookwalter, who can both play a role in the General Classification battle," said Sports Director Klaas Lodewyck.

"The first day should end in a bunch sprint so we will see how the guys feel there and then stage 2 has a finish that should suit Greg. I think it will be important for us to see what the situation is like after the second day of racing and then we can look to play different options."

The Olympic champion is ready for the race. "After a small break, it's good to be getting back into the swing of racing and the Tour de Yorkshire is a cool race," he explained "I'm looking forward to racing on this year's parcours and especially experiencing the great atmosphere around the roads once again."

Bookwalter is motivated after finishing in the fourth position of the general classification in the 2017 edition of the race. "I've been looking forward to the Tour de Yorkshire all spring," the American commented. "After a strong debut at the race last year and enjoying the awesome enthusiasm and hospitality of the fans in the area, Yorkshire quickly became one of my favourite races.

"It comes after quite a long period away from stage racing in which I've done a block of training at altitude. This race will quickly lead into the Amgen Tour of California where I'm hoping to be in peak shape so it should be a great way to polish my condition. Whether it's supporting the team or trying to improve on my fourth place overall from 2017, I'm ready to give it my all."

BMC Racing Team's roster for the Tour de Yorkshire (3rd to 6th of May):

Patrick Bevin
Tom Bohli
Brent Bookwalter
Greg Van Avermaet
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Danilo Wyss




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