Keeping everyone safe 'not easy' says Greg Van Avermaet, as sweltering Strade Bianche beckons

The peloton will face temperatures into the mid-thirties as Michał Kwiatkowski says the summer heat has made the gravel 'like racing on snow'

Greg Van Avermaet before Strade Bianche 2020 (Jonny Long)

As well as having to contend with any potential teething problems of being the first WorldTour race back after the coronavirus break, the peloton at Strade Bianche will also face sweltering heat and stonier gravel than in March.

That is the estimation of CCC's Greg Van Avermaet, who's twice finished runner-up in the Italian one-day race and is once again aiming for the top placings on Saturday.

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