Olympic champion and Roubaix winner Greg van Avermaet to race Unbound Gravel in June

The retired Belgian pro will take on the infamous Flint Hills gravel of Kansas

Greg van Avermaet
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Olympic champions are just like us, it turns out. They, too, enter into race lotteries, hoping their names will be drawn. 

In any case, that is what happened to Belgian Greg van Avermaet, whose lucky number was drawn in the Unbound Gravel lottery late last month. The retired pro, an Olympic gold medalist and winner of the Paris-Roubaix, will be tackling the infamous Flint Hills gravel in the 200-mile race this June.  

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.