Greg Van Avermaet leads a versatile BMC at Tour of Oman
Feb 09 2018 12:19 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet leads a versatile BMC at Tour of Oman
Greg Van Avermaet leads a versatile BMC at Tour of Oman
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Greg Van Avermaet will lead BMC Racing Team at the Tour of Oman, where the rider will continue his preparation for the Spring Classics.

BMC is sending a versatile team to Oman that can tackle the Classic-like finishes and sprints and even fight for the General Classification. "We are heading to Oman with some of our Classics team, and traditionally this race is the final preparation for Van Avermaet ahead of the first Classic," said the team's Sports Director Valerio Piva. "We saw that he was looking strong in Valencia and there are some finishes that should be good for him here, so he will be our leader.

"However, we will also have Jempy Drucker on the start line as our sprinter, and then, when we look to the General Classification and the stage finish on Green Mountain, I think we will look to protect Nicolas Roche. He will be coming out of the Dubai Tour and I think he can do something there. Overall, we will have to take the race day by day, but we are taking a strong group of riders, and collectively we can look for opportunities to go for stage wins."

Van Avermaet is determined to test his condition ahead of the crucial part of his season. "The season started with a solid week of racing in Spain, and now, I'm looking forward to heading back to the start line at the Tour of Oman," said the Olympic medallist.

"It's a good race with some nice stages that should suit me so, not only will I be looking to improve my shape before the start of my Classics campaign in Belgium but I also want to take the opportunity to go for stage wins where possible."

BMC's complete roster for the Tour of Oman:

Alberto Bettiol
Jempy Drucker
Nicolas Roche
Michael Schär
Greg Van Avermaet
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Francisco Ventoso




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