Greg Van Avermaet and Serge Pauwels lead CCC Team in Tour de Yorkshire
May 02 2019 04:57 am CET

Greg Van Avermaet and Serge Pauwels lead CCC Team in Tour de Yorkshire
Greg Van Avermaet and Serge Pauwels lead CCC Team in Tour de Yorkshire
CCC Team © Mary Cárdenas /

Greg Van Avermaet and Serge Pauwels are set to captain CCC Team in the Tour de Yorkshire. Both riders already know what it is like to win the British race.

Van Avermaet won the race in 2018 and Pauwels took the victory in 2017 and the third place in 2018. The riders will have the support of a strong roster and will start in the race with the intention of taking a new victory for the team.

"It's always a nice feeling to line up at a race with number one on your back as defending champion," said Van Avermaet. "I'm looking forward to returning to the race and trying to defend my title. It's not an easy race by any means but I think we have a strong team, especially with the 2017 winner Serge Pauwels, and we can make another nice result. As a Classics rider, there are not many stage races where I have a realistic shot of winning the General Classification, but the stages at the Tour de Yorkshire suit me.

"There is no other race like the Tour de Yorkshire. The crowds are amazing, the atmosphere is really special, and the scenery is beautiful so that makes the race really stand out. It will also be a good chance to see the route for this year's World Championships in race conditions, so I'm looking forward to that."

Pauwels is also looking forward to starting in the race. "My overall win at the Tour de Yorkshire is definitely one of the biggest wins of my career so far," the Belgian commented. "It was a really nice victory because I won the final stage and the General Classification and I crossed the line with my teammate from Team Dimension Data at the time so that was a special moment and memory for me.

"I have always loved this race. I first did it in 2016 and since then, I always wanted to come back and I have also had reasonable success each year. I finished on the overall podium with my new CCC Team teammate, Greg last year and I'm looking forward to racing in Yorkshire again this time with him as defending champion."

CCC Team's roster for the Tour de Yorkshire (2nd to 5th of May):

Pawel Bernas
Alessandro De Marchi
Serge Pauwels
Michael Schär
Greg Van Avermaet
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck



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