Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin co-captain CCC Team in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
Feb 26 2020 08:33 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin co-captain CCC Team in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin co-captain CCC Team in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne
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Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin are set to co-captain CCC Team at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne.

Van Avermaet -who has won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad twice- and Trentin -who has reached top-ten positions in both races- are ready to join forces in the opening weekend. "We are excited to line up at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne with two favourites in Greg Van Avermaet and Matteo Trentin," said sports director Valerio Piva. "Last year, Greg and Matteo were always present in the finales but they were sometimes isolated without teammates at the end of the race. Having two cards to play puts us in a much better position and will allow the team to race more aggressively than we have in the past.

"After lining up in Valencia and Algarve, they have had the chance to race together already and both riders are in excellent form. We saw Greg looking strong on the climbs in Algarve and his General Classification result shows that he has great legs after a good altitude block in the winter. Matteo was up there in the sprints and also put in a solid time trial on the final day. Now, it's time to put the partnership to the test in the Classics."

The winner of the Olympic race in Rio de Janeiro 2016 is ready for the opening weekend. "I'm feeling really good and I think my shape is as good as the last years, if not better, at this point in the season," he explained. "I was happy with the way I raced at Volta ao Algarve, especially as none of the stages were really suited to me. Although it would have been nice to get a win before opening weekend, the Classics are my big focus in the first half of the year so my season really starts this weekend.

"I'm looking forward to lining up with Matteo Trentin and I think we can play off each other when it comes to attacking and covering moves in the finale of both races. We have a strong team and if everything goes to plan, I think we can get some nice results this weekend."

Trentin looks forward to making his Classics debut with CCC Team. "Volta ao Algarve was a nice race to fine-tune my form at before the opening weekend," the Italian affirmed. "For sure, I am not at 100 percent yet but I feel good and will have the chance to do some good training rides before Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Racing together with Greg and both being present in the finales will be an advantage for both of us.

"In the last years, there is always more or less the same number of guys in the front of the race so having a teammate to work with is always going to be better than being alone. The two races are a bit different and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne probably suits me a bit better but we will take things day by day. The weather, for the moment, doesn't look so nice so it's going to be even harder."

CCC Team's roster for Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (February 29):

Jonas Koch
Michael Schär
Matteo Trentin
Greg Van Avermaet
Gijs Van Hoecke
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck

For Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (March 1):

Patrick Bevin
Josef ?erný
Jonas Koch
Matteo Trentin
Greg Van Avermaet
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
?ukasz Wi?niowski




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