Greg Van Avermaet focused on Ghent-Wevelgem after illness forces E3 withdrawal

The Belgian suffered from digestive problems overnight and took the precaution of pulling out of Friday's E3 Harelbeke

Greg Van Avermaet

BMC's in form Classics man Greg Van Avermaet is fully focused on making the most of Ghent-Wevelgem and the upcoming Tour of Flanders, after illness saw him withdraw from the E3 Harelbeke on the eve of the race.

The Belgian raced in Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, and was extremely active in making a solo attack, but began to feel ill after Thursday's pre-race press conference for E3.

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Richard Windsor

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