Tour de France: Van Avermaet targets Champagne finish to stage 3
08 July 2019 05:18
CCC Team's Greg Van Avermaet has already scouted out the finish to Monday's stage 3 of the Tour de France in Epernay, in the country's Champagne region, and believes it should suit him, if he and his teammates can get him into a decent position for the stage finale. "It's a nice area – I love to drink Champagne – and it's a good finish for me," Van Avermaet told reporters after finishing the stage 2 team time trial on Sunday. "But it will be all about positioning. "But we'll see how things go," he said. "A stage win would be nice, but we're taking things day-by-day. Today [Sunday], we wanted to have a good team time trial performance, and things went well, and everybody performed really well."ADVERTISEMENT Having just finished the stage, Van Avermaet was pleased to see that CCC had finished only 11 seconds down on Team Ineos, who would in turn finish the day in second place to Jumbo-Visma's later winning ride. "Everybody did a great job – especially my teammates," he said of the team time trial. "I wasn't so great, but everybody did really hard turns, and we worked well together, and I think it was a good performance by the team we have here. "I wasn't really tired from yesterday," he replied when asked whether the effort of taking the Tour's first polka-dot mountains jersey, by breaking away early on stage 1 to take the points on the race's first climb, had left him fatigued.
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