Greg Van Avermaet: I'm a clean rider

BMC's Van Avermaet will have a hearing before Belgian Cycling Federation over connections with Dr Chris Mertens, who is under investigation for providing ozone treatment to athletes

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(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) says he is not worried about having to appear in front of the Disciplinary Commission of the Belgian Cycling Federation over links to alleged ozone therapy doctor, Chris Mertens, insisting that he is "clean and pure rider."

The news broke about the Classics specialist's connection to Mertens on Saturday morning, with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad publishing the story ahead of its own race, Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, which ran later that day.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).