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In the News: Van Avermaet: ‘I’m among the best riders in the world’

Greg Van Avermaet looks ahead to 2015 spring classics but has reservations about teammate Gilbert's plans to also race the cobbles

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BMC Racing’s Greg Van Avermaet told Sporza, “I’m convinced I’m among the best riders in the world. So I come to the classics with confidence.” But, he is concerned his race plans will be at odds with Philippe Gilbert’s in 2015

Van Avermaet was the sole BMC leader for the 2014 cobbled classics, but let on that he already knows Gilbert wants to ride those races again. “That’s not really nice to hear,” Van Avermaet said.

“Last year we had decided that Philippe was the top man in the Walloon races and I in the Flemish races. Now Philippe will again ride the the Flemish races and will definitely be in the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders).

“We will have some good conversations, but I think the first training camp with the team in December will clarify a lot. The team leaders will have their say and then we have to decide whether we can manage to ride those races together.

“I was strong enough to win [including the Grand Prix de Wallonie -Ed.] and with a little bit more experience, it should work out. I’m now 29, my strongest years are still coming. In any case, I want to keep my attacking style, and then the big classic should come.

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