Greg Van Avermaet to captain CCC Team at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Feb 28 2019 10:18 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet to captain CCC Team at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Greg Van Avermaet to captain CCC Team at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Greg Van Avermaet will lead CCC Team at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with the hopes of continuing his good start of the season. The Olympic champion has already enjoyed a victory at the start of the 2019 season in Spain.

Van Avermaet took the victory of the third stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and took top-three positions in two stages of the Tour of Oman, which shows the good condition he is enjoying at this point of the season. The Belgian rider wants to repeat the victories he took at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad in 2016 and 2017.

"Of course, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad is an important race for CCC Team as it is the first Classic of the season," said Sports Director Valerio Piva. "We know that Greg is in good shape and is motivated to start the Classics well but there are a lot of riders who can win on Saturday. We will do everything we can to put him in a good position and see how the race plays out.

"Greg will be supported more or less by the same riders who joined him at the Tour of Oman, with the exception of Fransisco Ventoso who replaces Kamil Gradek. We have the local experience from our Belgian riders; Gijs Van Hoecke, Nathan Van Hooydonck, and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, all of whom train on these roads every day. Michael Schär, who is a valuable road caption, and ?ukasz Wi?niowski, who was second at the 2018 edition, complete the squad."

Van Avermaet feels confident ahead of his first Classic of the season. "I am feeling really good ahead of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and am excited to start the Classics season," he explained. "During the winter and early season races, this is what I am always thinking about so it is nice to have the first race here. I think my shape is exactly where it needs to be and I was really impressed by my teammates in Valencia and Oman which was a good sign for the Classics. Although this will be the first cobbled race for us, half of us train together every day in Belgium so we are comfortable as a team.

"The Classics season is long and it's important to maintain good shape right through to April, which isn't always easy, but it would be really special to get a good result for CCC Team at opening weekend, so this is definitely the goal."

For Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, CCC Team will play with different cards. "Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne is more of a sprinters' Classic so we have made the decision that Greg won't race and instead the other riders will have an opportunity to go for a result," Piva added. "Pawe? Bernas, Kamil Gradek and Josef ?erny will line up on Sunday to replace Greg, Michael, and ?ukasz, so between the seven riders, we have good options for all race scenarios."

CCC Team's roster for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Second of March):

Michael Schär
Greg Van Avermaet
Gijs Van Hoecke
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
Francisco Ventoso
Lukasz Wisniowski

Roster for Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne (Third of March):

Pawel Bernas
Josef Cerny
Kamil Gradek
Gijs Van Hoecke
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
Francisco Ventoso




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