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Greg Van Avermaet to ride Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Josh Cunningham
18 Apr 2017

Paris-Roubaix winner and 2017 Classics revelation says he wants to 'see how far I can go in this kind of race'

Paris-Roubaix winner Greg Van Avermaet has revealed he'll be on the start line at Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday.

The BMC Racing rider has had a monumental spring campaign, winning Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, E3 Prijs Harelbeke, Gent-Wevelgem and Paris-Roubaix, as well as placing 2nd in Strade-Bianche and the Tour of Flanders

Van Avermaet was also on the start line of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday 16th, but after failing to make the winning breakaway, and then to accompany Michal Kwiatkowski when he bridged across to it, he finished in a comparatively lowly 12th. 

But speaking in a statement on the BMC team website, Van Avermaet said: 'There’s a big difference in the recovery after Paris-Roubaix and Amstel Gold Race. Paris-Roubaix was one of the hardest races I have done in my life so it was really hard to recover from it. But now, I feel ok.'

'It has been a hard spring but I still feel good and we will just see how it goes on Sunday. I’m not going there as a big favorite, it’s more just to try again and see how far I can go in this kind of race.' 

But after the season he's had so far, and being very much a part of the action at Amstel Gold, there will be many an eye on the Belgian's back come Sunday.