Greg Van Avermaet: Winning the WorldTour ranking means a lot
Dec 12 2017 01:57 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet: Winning the WorldTour ranking means a lot
Greg Van Avermaet: Winning the WorldTour ranking means a lot
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas /

Greg Van Avermaet of BMC Racing Team won the 2017 WorldTour ranking and is very proud to have done so, as he said at the team's media day in Spain.

The Belgian won two classics and performed well throughout the season, which allowed him to top the UCI WorldTour standings at the end of the year.

Talking at BMC's media day in Denia, Spain, the rider said that he was very proud of this achievement.

"It means a lot," he said. "This classification starts in January and you end up first in October, beating guys like [Chris] Froome, [Peter] Sagan and [Tom] Dumoulin on a calendar of high level races. I think that's really important and I'm really, really proud that I could do it because it's probably a one-time thing that I could finally make it.

"So I'm really happy that I could hold off Chris in this classification."

Winning this ranking required a high level performance throughout the year, which only a few riders are capable of.

"The most important thing is to score a lot of points in the classics. I'm the kind of rider that gives everything, also when it's not a WorldTour race. I try to keep doing this all year long. Sometimes you get beaten by stronger riders who had a better career or better timing, but I like to be everywhere.

"I like to do San Sebastian, which a lot of riders don't like to do. I love this kind of race. It's kind of my attitude and my passion for the sport. Sometimes it helps but then it can also be hard to get beaten.

"A lot of guys have success and have difficulties to get motivated for more. For me, after the nice spring I was even more motivated because I finally showed that I could do everything."

CyclingPub will publish more stories from BMC's media day throughout the week, including an exclusive interview with time trial specialist Stefan Küng.



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