Greg Van Avermaet ‘has nothing to lose’ as he takes aim at Liège-Bastogne-Liège

BMC Racing leader to finish successful spring at La Doyenne

Two weeks after winning Paris-Roubaix, Greg Van Avermaet will take to the start line of Liège-Bastogne-Liège as one of BMC Racing’s leaders for the finale of the Ardennes Classics.

After a tiring spring campaign on the cobbles, Van Avermaet told Sporza that he would not be one of the favourites in the race.

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“I feel alright now. It was a solid spring, but I still feel good so we’ll see how it goes Sunday. But I will not start as a favourite,”Van Avermaet said.

“I want to ride Liège-Bastogne-Liège because I have not raced there in a while. I have nothing to lose and I want to see if I can get a good result.”

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The Belgian’s last appearance at Liège-Bastogne-Liège was in 2013, when he finished 63rd, but he also has a top ten finish in the race back in 2011, when he finished in seventh place, 27 seconds down on race winner Philippe Gilbert.

Van Avermaet finished 12th in the Amstel Gold Race a week after his Roubaix victory, but said that there was a big difference between recovering from Amstel Gold and recovering from Roubaix.

“There is a big difference in recovery after Paris-Roubaix compared to after the Amstel Gold Race. Roubaix was one of the toughest race of my career, so it was hard to recover, but I feel fine now.”