'You'd better work until three kilometres from the finish, instead of whining and waiting'

Ghent-Wevelgem winner Greg Van Avermaet says you can's sit around and watch your rivals go up the road - you have to put in your share of the work to chase... or risk losing

Greg Van Avermaet in Ghent Wevelgem 2017.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) shrugs when he hears Peter Sagan and Niki Terpstra complaining about the race tactics today in Ghent-Wevelgem. He can afford to as he rode clear and won while they were questioning each other.

Quick-Step's Terpstra, with 16 kilometres to race to Wevelgem, eased off behind Van Avermaet and Jens Keukeleire (Orica-Scott) after team Bora-Hansgrohe's world champion finished his pull on the front of a five-man group. An initial small gap turned into the winning margin for Van Avermaet, who still has unopened bottles of Kwaremont beer at home from his E3 Harelbeke victory on Friday.

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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.