Greg Van Avermaet to finish Classics season at Amstel Gold Race
Apr 12 2018 02:04 pm CET

Greg Van Avermaet to finish Classics season at Amstel Gold Race
Greg Van Avermaet to finish Classics season at Amstel Gold Race
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) will put a finish to his Classic season at the Amstel Gold Race. The Olympic champion will be one of the options for the team to get the final victory at the Dutch race.

"Of course, we are lining up to win the race," said Sports Director Valerio Piva. "Greg Van Avermaet is our leader but we also have Dylan Teuns who is in great shape and riders like Damiano Caruso, Simon Gerrans, and Alessandro De Marchi coming out of Vuelta al Pais Vasco in good shape. Gerrans has been on the podium on three occasions and we have riders who have lined up many times, so we have a lot of experience at Amstel Gold Race.

"Traditionally, the race is decided in the last 50km and this year the parcours has changed and the final has a different, more narrow approach. We have a strong and motivated team around Greg and our main goal will be to put him on the podium, but we have multiple cards to play on Sunday which gives us confidence going into the race."

Van Avermaet is resolute to perform in the race. "Amstel Gold Race will be the last spring classic for me this year," he commented. "I am always motivated to do well at the race because I like the parcours with the short climbs. We have a strong line-up and I'm looking forward to racing on Sunday."

Teuns is also looking forward to testing the good condition that he showed at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. "I am feeling excited," the Belgian said. "I have been preparing for this block of racing for a long time and I am looking forward to the next ten days or so.

"It all starts with Amstel Gold Race and like the others, this is a race which should suit me and my strengths well. I think I can go into Sunday's race feeling confident in my shape and I am definitely motivated to do a good job for myself and for the team."

Complete line-up of BMC Racing Team for the Amstel Gold Race (15th of April):

Alberto Bettiol
Damiano Caruso
Alessandro De Marchi
Simon Gerrans
Michael Schär
Dylan Teuns
Greg Van Avermaet




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