Greg Van Avermaet: 'It's not me versus Sagan, it's Sagan against the rest'

The BMC rider says Sagan is the big favourite heading into the Belgian Classics

Peter Sagan at the 2017 Tour of Flanders

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) says it's not just a case of him versus Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the upcoming cobbled Classics, but Sagan against everyone, naming the world champion as the outright favourite.

Van Avermaet, who has had a slower start to the season this year compared to 2017, will be primarily targetting Tour of Flanders victory this year after missing out on the title last year in spite of a spectacular run of form that had seen him win E3 Harelbeke and Ghent-Wevelgem the weekend before.

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Richard Windsor

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