Greg Van Avermaet: Yorkshire is a missed opportunity, but I couldn't reach my level

The Belgian finished eighth at the World Championships road race in a gruelling day of torrid conditions

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) says he "missed an opportunity" to become world champion in Yorkshire on Sunday, but could not reach the same level that has won him an Olympic title and Paris-Roubaix.

He placed eighth after the rain-soaked ride around Harrogate, but was the best of the Belgian team after they lost Philippe Gilbert due to a crash.

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