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Van Avermaet targets Milano-SanRemo podium

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Greg Van Avermaet

BMC Racing Team line up at the first Monument of the year, Milano-SanRemo, this Saturday, with a strong team in support of Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet.

Van Avermaet has shown his form at the early races this season, Sports Director Max Sciandri said. Having never stood on the Milano-SanRemo podium, Van Avermaet is eager to improve on his fifth place result from 2016.

“We saw how strong Greg is with his win at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and second place at Strade Bianche. We have a great team in support of Greg, with riders like Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato and Francisco Ventoso bringing a lot of experience,” Sciandri explained.

“As the longest one-day race on the calendar, Milan-San Remo is one of the toughest races these riders will line up at all year. Greg generally thrives in these conditions and the longer the race, the stronger he gets. We’re ready to give it everything we have this Saturday.”

Having never stood on the Milan-San Remo podium, Van Avermaet is eager to improve on his fifth place result from 2016.

“I’ve come out of Tirreno-Adriatico with good feelings. I’m really happy with my form and I hope to do well in the Classics. Milan-San Remo is a hard race and a bit of a lottery. It’s a beautiful race and I love it but you have to have a bit of luck to win, especially if you’re not the fastest guy in the peloton. I want to win a Monument this year and Milan-San Remo is my first opportunity so if everything goes perfectly, I hope to have a chance,” Van Avermaet said.

BMC Roster at Milano-SanREmo: Damiano Caruso, Silvan Dillier, Martin Elmiger, Daniel Oss, Manuel Quinziato, Miles Scotson, Greg Van Avermaet, Francisco Ventoso.