Greg Van Avermaet: ‘Lack of leader's jersey could be an advantage’

Belgian magnanimous in defeat as Magnus Cort Nielson beats him on Tour de Yorkshire's summit finish

Greg Van Avermaet at the Tour de Yorkshire 2018 (Photo: Andy Jones)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) is hoping that entering the decisive final stage of the Tour de Yorkshire without the leader’s jersey will give him a tactical advantage in his effort to win the race.

Van Avermaet was the favourite for Friday’s testing summit finish at the Cow and Calf but was beaten to the line by Magnus Cort Nielsen (Astana). The Belgian now sits just four seconds down on GC and with Saturday’s stage expected to finish in a bunch sprint Sunday’s hilly parcours is likely to decide the overall contest.

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