Rolling with the puncheur: How Greg Van Avermaet stopped being racing's 'nearly man'

Having won the Olympic road race gold medal and spent three days in the Tour yellow jersey, cycling’s ‘nearly man’ turned over a new leaf last year. But will 2017 be the year in which Greg Van Avermaet finally comes good in the Classics?

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One-day star Greg Van Avermaet, by his own admission, was a cyclist “who didn’t finish off big races”. Now, with a Tour de France yellow jersey and an Olympic gold medal at home, he heads into the 2017 season as cycling royalty.

Van Avermaet attacked and overpowered his last remaining rival Dane Jakob Fuglsang in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic road race in August, adding a golden shine to a summer that already included a Tour stage win and three days in the yellow jersey.

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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.