Philippe Gilbert: 'Greg Van Avermaet always conveyed a restrained anger towards me'

Former BMC Racing team-mates go head-to-head at Tour of Flanders on Sunday

Philippe Gilbert and Greg Van Avermaet at E3 Harelbeke (Credit: Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Philippe Gilbert, winner of the Three Days of De Panne, says that Greg Van Avermaet "conveyed a restrained anger" towards him when they raced together at BMC Racing over the past five years.

The Belgian champion moved to Quick-Step Floors in 2017, which allowed him to return to the cobbled classics. He is now one of the favourites for the Tour of Flanders after he placed second in Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3 Harelbeke, and won the Three Days of De Panne.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.