Van Avermaet on the hunt for a second victory at 'The Hell of the North'

12 April 2019 05:27
CCC Team leader Greg Van Avermaet will line up in Compiègne, France, on Sunday morning, hoping to repeat his Paris-Roubaix victory of 2017, with a first Tour of Flanders title having continued to allude him in Belgium last weekend. "I love Paris-Roubaix. Obviously, I make no secret of my desire to win the Tour of Flanders, but Paris-Roubaix is a really special race for me," Van Avermaet said on his team's website, just a couple of days out from the start of the race. "It was even before I won it in 2017, and, of course, since then it holds a special place in my career as my first and, so far, only Monument win. I would love to win it again."ADVERTISEMENT Van Avermaet arrived at Roubaix two years ago having won the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the E3 Harelbeke and Gent-Wevelgem in the build-up to the race, as well as having taken second place at Flanders the week before. This year, the 33-year-old Belgian has only one win to his name – stage 3 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana – but said that he's nevertheless happy with his season so far, which has included podium finishes at both the Omloop and what's now called the E3 BinckBank Classic. "There is no race like Paris-Roubaix. Every one of those 29 cobbled sectors can make or break the race, and often it's completely out of your control," he continued. "My form is something I can control, and I'm really happy with how I have raced so far this season, and my sensations, so I'm looking forward to Sunday. You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

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