On Sunday afternoon, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) unexpectedly managed a top-10 result in Gent-Wevelgem. Only two days after skipping the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke due to illness, the 30-year-old Belgian rider remains on track to fight for the wins at the big Spring Classics in the next two weeks.
Van Avermaet was surprised to see that only three riders were stronger than him, despite his illness. He finished fifth in the main field sprint and ninth on the day.
“During the whole race I only had three energy bars and three bottles so I’m not back to normal yet. Now I’ve got to recover a couple of days from this hard race and get better,” he said.
“Today I wasn’t in the same great form that I had in the previous weeks. I’ll be in top form at the start”, a warmly dressed Van Avermaet said while sitting in the doorway of the BMC team bus in chilly Wevelgem.
Until Friday Van Avermaet had a flawless build-up towards the biggest Spring Classics. On Wednesday, he was close to completing a long solo effort at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Two days later, though, he noticed flu symptoms and called off his participation in the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke.
On Sunday, he felt fit enough to start in Gent-Wevelgem, not wanting to miss too much racing action ahead of Tour of Flanders.
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