Greg Van Avermaet and BMC optimistic ahead of Paris-Roubaix
Apr 06 2018 02:14 am CET

Greg Van Avermaet and BMC optimistic ahead of Paris-Roubaix
Greg Van Avermaet and BMC optimistic ahead of Paris-Roubaix
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas /

BMC Racing Team has selected an unsurprisingly strong team to help Greg Van Avermaet in his attempt to defend his title at the upcoming edition of Paris-Roubaix.

Van Avermaet won the race in an impressive manner in 2017 and aims to take home the trophy once more. "It is a really special feeling to be lining up as the defending champion at Paris-Roubaix," the Belgian said. "I've felt good and confident in my shape the whole classics season but things haven't fallen into place yet.

"Paris-Roubaix is completely different to the Belgian classics. As much as you need the legs, you need some luck, to stay safe and avoid punctures. Last year I had some bad luck but I managed to completely change my situation."

Van Avermaet wasn't able to fight for the top spots in the Ronde van Vlaanderen on Sunday, but believes that the team is more than prepared to strike in Roubaix. "I was really happy with the team at the Tour of Flanders and we will give it everything we have on Sunday to defend my title.

"It was amazing last year because I wasn't expecting to win but I did it. I'm capable of winning again so we will see how far I come."

Sports Director Fabio Baldato has faith in Van Avermaet's abilities as well. "Paris-Roubaix is the most unpredictable race of the classics and as we have seen in previous years, anything can happen at any moment of the race. We need to be attentive and intelligent in the way we race and by doing this, I am confident that we can produce a good result with Greg as our leader."

The complete BMC Racing Team line-up for Paris Roubaix (April 8th):

Jempy Drucker (LUX)
Stefan Küng (SUI)
Jürgen Roelandts (BEL)
Michael Schär (SUI)
Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)
Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL)
Francisco Ventoso (ESP)



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