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Greg Van Avermaet dedicates Yorkshire win to Andy Rihs

Greg Van Avermaet took the overall win at the 2018 Tour de Yorkshire in honour of the recently passed team owner

Greg Van Avermaet dedicated his Tour de Yorkshire overall win to Andy Rihs, BMC's owner who died recently. Van Avermaet said it had been the team's aim to win the race in honour of Rihs, and that he was happy to take the GC in his memory.

'It was a goal to win this race in honour of him [Rihs]', Van Avermaet said from behind the podium after finishing second on the final stage.

'For us he was a big boss, he supported us for many years,' BMC's leader continued ahead of Rihs's funeral which was due to place on Monday.

'This was a demonstration from the team, it was for him, and I'm happy that I could finish it off here in Leeds because it was not that easy.'

BMC Racing wait to go on to the podium at the Tour de Yorkshire. Photo: Jack Elton-Walters

BMC Racing also took the team classification in Yorkshire, helped by strong consistency across the line-up throughout the four days of racing.

Although the Swiss team couldn't bring back solo stage winner Stephane Rossetto, second place was enough for GVA to take the blue jersey.

'The race really opened up and we had three-four guys there,' Van Avermaet said when describing how the day had gone.

'From there we tried to control it as much as possible.

'We [BMC] were only five guys but everybody did his best and I'm so happy that I could finish it off.'

This article was updated after initial publication