Greg Van Avermaet returns as defending champion to E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem
Mar 21 2018 01:41 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet returns as defending champion to E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem
Greg Van Avermaet returns as defending champion to E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Greg Van Avermaet will return to the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem to defend the titles he got in 2017.

The Olympic champion will be defending his titles in his home country with the support of a strong team that includes riders like Jurgen Roelandts, who has finished in the top 10 of both races on several occasions.

"Greg Van Avermaet is, of course, our outright leader and he is ready to go," said Sports Director Fabio Baldato. "Now with only seven riders per team it is harder to control the race and we have to be ready for different scenarios. We will race for Greg but we also have strong riders like Jurgen Roelandts and Stefan Küng who can take opportunities.

"The parcours for both Record Bank E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem are more or less the same as previous years so the key moments will be the same. We have a strong team around Greg and we are confident that we can make a nice result this weekend and start the next phase of the classics well. We know he can win these races so we will do everything we can to put him on the podium again."

After testing his legs in Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo, Van Avermaet is ready to tackle his next challenges on home soil. "There is always pressure because these are some of the most important races of the year for me," commented the rider. "I always want to perform well and of course last year was amazing winning Record Bank E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. This was unexpected and now I'm lining up as defending champion at both of them.

"I hope to do the same again this weekend but it would be nice to have a result in at least one of the races. It will also be important to have a good feeling coming out of the races and to be well prepared before Ronde van Vlaanderen."

BMC Racing Team's complete roster for Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (23rd of March):

Alberto Bettiol
Jempy Drucker
Stefan Küng
Jürgen Roelandts
Michael Schär
Greg Van Avermaet
Francisco Ventoso

BMC Racing Team's complete roster for Gent-Wevelgem (25th of March):

Alberto Bettiol
Stefan Küng
Jurgen Roelandts
Michael Schär
Greg Van Avermaet
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Francisco Ventoso




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