Van Avermaet frustrated after Amstel Gold Race
Apr 15 2018 08:06 pm CET

Van Avermaet frustrated after Amstel Gold Race
Van Avermaet frustrated after Amstel Gold Race
Photo of Greg Van Avermaet © Mary Cárdenas /

Belgian Greg Van Avermaet could not hide his disappointment after failing to save his classics season at the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.

17th in Milan – San Remo, 3rd in the E3, 14th in Gent-Wevelgem, 8th in Dwars door Vlaanderen, 5th in the Ronde van Vlaanderen and 4th in Paris-Roubaix. Those are the results of Van Avermaet this spring.

Many a rider would be very content with this list, but not Van Avermaet. To save his classics campaign he wanted a win in the Amstel Gold Race. He finished only in 14th position.

The BMC rider missed the right move, just after being caught himself after an attempt together with Frenchmen Rudy Molard (Groupama – FDJ). "I was good enough to be there with the best," he commented to Belgian outlet Sporza right after the race. "On the Keutenberg and the Cauberg Dylan Teuns and I showed we were riding with the best. Apparently I made the wrong decision, I thought I picked the right moment, going on the Cauberg together with Molard. They closed the gap, and I didn’t expect that. When Valverde went I had to let it go."

Van Avermaet was still in a group with teammate Dylan Teuns and Team Sky’s Michal Kwiatkowski. "We did everything to set things straight, together with Teuns, Sky and Kwiatkowski were still with us but they lacked the power in the end. I had the legs to be there with the best and I wasn’t. That is a little frustrating. Looking at the result, I cannot be other than disappointed," he concluded.

By Siebe Kok



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