Greg Van Avermaet: 'If I never win Flanders it won't change my life'

Van Avermaet says he's still nervous heading into his 13th edition of the Tour of Flanders

Greg Van Avermaet at the 2019 E3 BinckBank classic (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

In his 12 participations in the Tour of Flanders Greg Van Avermaet has finished as runner-up twice, but he says he is not bothered if he ends his career without a win in what he considers the "most important race of the year."

The 33-year-old Belgian leads the CCC Team on Sunday in Bruges and is marked as one of the favourites along with the strong Deceuninck-Quick-Step squad. The cobbled Monument ends after 270.1 kilometres and many bergs in Oudenaarde.

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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.