Van Avermaet was in a race winning position when he was involved in an accident with a race moto in 2015. He returned last year to finish fifth, and despite falling ill at the Tour de France, the Belgian is aiming high in the Basque Country.
“I was a little sick in the last few days of the Tour de France so I’m hoping I’ll be feeling good at the Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian,” Van Avermaet explained. “I’m motivated to do a good race and a top ten finish would be great, especially considering there are UCI WorldTour points on offer. I like the course and it’s challenging which suits me.”
Sports director Yvon Ledanois added that with majority of the squad
coming off the Tour de France, he expects a strong and unified showing to deliver Van Avermaet to the podium.
“Six of our eight riders are coming to Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian from the Tour de France so we know their form is good and after missing out on a stage win there, they will be very motivated to go for the win in San Sebastian,” Ledanois said.
“We have one strong leader in Greg Van Avermaet who, as we know, was primed to win the race in 2015. I expect everyone to be ready to support Greg to go for a good result.”
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