Greg Van Avermaet eyes Strade Bianche podium in return to racing
Jul 29 2020 08:22 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet eyes Strade Bianche podium in return to racing
Greg Van Avermaet eyes Strade Bianche podium in return to racing
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet by CCC Team

Greg van Avermaet (CCC Team) is returning to racing in Strade Bianche, where he will try to be on the podium.

The Olympic Champion is ready to come back to competition -his last race before the pause forced by the Covid-19 pandemic was Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne on March 1- and his objective is to be on the podium of the so-called Sixth-monument. "Strade Bianche is one of my favorite races so it is special to have this as my first race back," said the Belgian.

"I've normally always raced well there so I am hoping to do the same again. I was able to stay motivated throughout lockdown and now after our training camp in Livigno, I feel like my shape is where it needs to be. Of course, the circumstances will be a little different than normal and the heat will be a big factor so I hope I am ready for that. Then I am excited to race Gran Trittico Lombardo. It will be interesting to discover a new race and I think it will suit me well. I'll enjoy every moment regardless because I can't wait to race again."

CCC will also be at the Gran Trittico Lombardo and Milano-Torino. "Greg Van Avermaet is our undisputed leader for Strade Bianche, where he has previously finished in the top ten on seven occasions, two of which were on the podium," said Sports Director Fabio Baldato. "Strade Bianche is a tough race in the normal racing calendar but this year, I think we're in for a big shock with the heat and after so many months without racing. It's hard to predict what will happen when this will be the first race back for all of our riders, but we are going into the race confident. Greg and the Classics team have just completed a block at altitude and their shape is good. Ultimately, we are just happy to be back racing and thankful to be able to do so.

"Later in the week we will line up at Milano - Torino which, unlike last year, has a flat parcours. For this reason, we are lining up with Jakub Mareczko as our leader for what we predict will be a sprint finish. For half of the team, this will be a good last test before Milano - San Remo. We are looking forward to lining up at the inaugural edition of Gran Trittico Lombardo. It's going to be a difficult race so early in this revised season but it will be a good test of the legs. The punchy second half of the race should be good for Greg and we also have Alessandro De Marchi there should it become more of a race for the pure climbers. I think it will be a beautiful race to watch and one we are looking to animate as much as possible."

CCC Team's roster for Strade Bianche (August 1):

Alessandro De Marchi
Simon Geschke
Jonas Koch
Michael Schär
Greg Van Avermaet
Gijs Van Hoecke
Nathan Van Hooydonck

Gran Trittico Lombardo (August 3):

Alessandro De Marchi
Jonas Koch
Pavel Kochetkov
Jakub Mareczko
Michael Schär
Greg Van Avermaet
Francisco Ventoso

Milano-Torino (August 5):

Alessandro De Marchi
Pavel Kochetkov
Jakub Mareczko
Michael Schär
Gijs Van Hoecke
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Francisco Ventoso




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