BMC Racing and Belgian federation clash after team refuses to let Greg Van Avermaet ride for national squad

Busy calendar and risk of injury means American team won't let riders race in European Championships

Greg Van Avermaet competing for Belgium at the 2016 Olympic Games

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

BMC Racing and the Belgian national federation have clashed after the American team took the decision not to release any of its riders, including Greg Van Avermaet, for the road race at European Championships in August.

The event, which was started in 2016 and will take place in Glasgow on August 12, has been won by Peter Sagan and Alexander Kristoff in the past two years, but will not feature any BMC Racing riders in 2018.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.