Greg Van Avermaet disappointed after being left isolated by BMC team-mates at Ghent-Wevelgem

Defending champion the only BMC Racing to make the front group at Ghent-Wevelgem

Greg Van Avermaet was the only BMC Racing rider to make the front group at Ghent-Wevelgem

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Greg Van Avermaet's BMC Racing team-mates may have taken control on the plugstreets at Ghent-Wevelgem, but the defending champion lacked team support after the race split on the final ascent of the Kemmelberg.

Riding in a group of 23 that included four riders from Quick-Step Floors and two each from EF Education-First Drapac, Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij, and Bora-Hansgrohe, Van Avermaet lacked team support to help position him for the sprint and ended up attack in the finale, eventually finishing 14th behind race winner Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe).

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.