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BMC Racing hit the cobbles ahead of the Classics season

Jack Elton-Walters
19 Jan 2018

Greg Van Avermaet and his teammates hit the cobbles ahead of the 2018 Classics season

While riders suffer in 40C temperatures at the Tour Down Under, BMC Racing's Classics squad has ventured out in near-freezing conditions to ride the course of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Taking on the cobbles were Greg Van Avermaet, Nathan Van Hooydonck, Jürgen Roelandts and Jempy Drucker.

Leading the team during the 2018 Spring Classics will be Van Avermaet, who won Paris-Roubaix and took second at the Tour of Flanders in 2017.

Van Avermaet also goes into this season as defending champion of Omloop, E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem. GVA's performance in last year's cobbled races went a long way to dispelling the idea that he would be a perpetual second place to riders like Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

The Belgian was the best of the rest at Flanders after Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) went on a long ranger that stuck all the way to the finish, and so will be set on doing the Roubaix-Flanders double this year.

With Richie Porte aiming for the Tour de France, this could be a huge year for BMC Racing, whose strong squad should contest Quick-Step Floors for overall number of race wins.

However, Porte often doesn't have luck on his side - as his 2017 Tour crash showed - and so will need everything to fall in place if he is to reward his team's support.