Greg Van Avermaet aims for podium position in Strade Bianche
Mar 06 2019 11:50 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet aims for podium position in Strade Bianche
Greg Van Avermaet aims for podium position in Strade Bianche
Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas /

Greg Van Avermaet is set to be CCC Team's leader at Strade Bianche. The Belgian has the objective of achieving his third podium position in the race.

The Italian iconic race will take place over a 184-kilometre route that includes 11 gravel sectors. The Olympic champion has finished in the second position of the competition in 2015 and 2017 and has an eye on a new podium position.

"We saw at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad that Greg Van Avermaet is really strong at the moment," said sports director Valerio Piva. "He had a great race and with Strade Bianche suiting his characteristics very well, we are aiming for another good result on Saturday.

"Michael Schär and Lukasz Wisniowski have lined up before, whereas Josef Cerny, Gijs Van Hoecke, Nathan Van Hooydonck, and Guillaume Van Keirsbulck will all be discovering the race for the first time. Nevertheless, the team is strong and experienced on this kind of terrain, so we are confident in our selection for Strade Bianche. At this stage, no rain is forecast, so it's better for the riders when it is a dry Strade Bianche. As we saw last year, the conditions can make or break the race so if it stays dry, we should see a more open race."

Van Avermaet is excited about starting in the race once more. "I always look forward to Strade Bianche as it's one of the most beautiful races of the whole season," the rider commented. "My performance at Omloop Net Nieuwsblad gave me a lot of confidence and confirmed that my form is good and where it needs to be at this point in the Classics season.

"I am always up there at Strade Bianche. I've finished in the top ten on all but two occasions and finished on the podium twice but never on the top step, so this is a big goal of mine. It will be another chance to race together as a team which is always good and this year, the weather looks a lot better than the conditions we faced last year so we should be in for a really nice race on Saturday."

CCC Team's complete line-up for Strade Bianche (9th of March):

Josef ?erny
Michael Schär
Greg Van Avermaet
Gijs Van Hoecke
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
?ukasz Wi?niowski



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