Greg Van Avermaet on why an Olympic gold medal is bigger than a Tour of Flanders win

BMC rider hoping for more opportunities in the Ardennes Classics in 2017

Classics rider Greg Van Avermaet claimed one of the first gold medals of the 2016 Games, taking the victory in the men's road race.

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It might seem like sacrilege to many Belgians, but Olympic men's road race champion and born and bred Flandrien Greg Van Avermaet has said that his gold medal in Rio is worth far more than a win in the Tour of Flanders.

"Would I swap my Olympic win for a Tour of Flanders win? No way!" the BMC rider explained at the team's pre-season training camp.

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