Greg Van Avermaet on first part of his season: I missed out on a win in my bigger goals
May 06 2019 06:04 am CET

Greg Van Avermaet on first part of his season: I missed out on a win in my bigger goals
Greg Van Avermaet on first part of his season: I missed out on a win in my bigger goals
Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

CCC Team's Greg Van Avermaet has taken the victory at the last stage of the Tour de Yorkshire. The British race was the last of the first part of the rider's season.

At the start of the last stage of the British race, Van Avermaet was in the second position of the General Classification, at six seconds from Ineos' Chris Lawless. The rider did all he could to attack at the last climb of the day, but the British team controlled every situation and after the finish line he was three seconds away from the final victory.

"I am really happy that I won the stage," said the Olympic champion. "Winning the overall title would maybe have been better but in these circumstances, with Team Ineos being that strong, it wasn't possible.

"I think I made a good move, attacking on the last climb to bridge over to Dunbar. Lawless was still on my wheel at that point but, it was the only option to try to win something."

This was the closing race of the first part of the season for the rider, after a Classics campaign that wasn't successful for him. "I was fighting from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to Liège-Bastogne-Liège for a win and I missed out on a win in my bigger goals," Van Avermaet explained. "Of course, I was disappointed in those races as I was expecting more from myself. This win makes it a little better as it's a nice way to end this first part of the season but for sure, the Classics was my bigger goal.

"Overall, I am really happy with how this race has gone, though. This is my last race before my rest period and, it's been a hard week of racing in difficult conditions but, I am really happy with the way me and the team have raced. The course of this race is really good for me. It's really hard but I can survive and I have a good sprint."




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