Greg Van Avermaet on Strade Bianche: It’s going to be really hot so that’s going to be a shock for everyone
Jul 31 2020 10:18 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet on Strade Bianche: It’s going to be really hot so that’s going to be a shock for everyone
Greg Van Avermaet on Strade Bianche: It’s going to be really hot so that’s going to be a shock for everyone
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet by CCC Team

CCC Team's Greg Van Avermaet will restart his season in Strade Bianche, and he is looking forward to it.

The Olympic Champion's last race before the pause forced by the Covid-19 pandemic was Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne and exactly five months later he will be at the restart of the WorldTour calendar in Strade Bianche. The race will be 184 kilometres long and will feature more than 60 kilometres of gravel white roads that will make it a challenging day, in addition of the weather conditions, because temperatures varying from 33 to 36 degrees are forecasted for the race.

"A race like Strade Bianche is really special and for me, it’s one of the nicest races of the year, so I’m really looking forward to it," he said. "I always want to do well here but, of course, it’s a bit of a different situation now than in March. Without having any races leading into it, you don’t know where you stand. But everyone is in the same situation."

"It’s going to be really hot so that’s going to be a shock for everyone I think. I have been in Livigno at altitude so it was much cooler there but normally, I prefer to race in warmer weather than the cold so hopefully it will suit me more. The strade looks a little different now than it does in March. It’s more stoney than what we are used to, so we’re going to ride 28mm tires with lower pressure which should allow us to go a bit faster. But it’s a great race to do and I think everyone will be excited to be at the start line."

With the departure of CCC as sponsor of the team, the future for the rider after 2020 is uncertain. "For now, I am leaving all my options open," he explained. "I’m still confident in the team to find a new sponsor but, of course, I’m also looking to other teams to go to if it doesn’t work out.

"I’m waiting on some news from Jim Ochowicz to see if we can find something and if it’s not possible, of course I will go somewhere else. But for now, I’m concentrating on racing again, and then we’ll see."




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