Van Avermaet chasing victory at Strade Bianche

Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet shows off his new colours

Greg Van Avermaet will lead the BMC Racing team at Saturday's Strade Bianche , hoping to finally win the Italian Classic after finishing second to Michel Kwiatkowski last year and second to Zdenek Stybar in 2015. Van Avermaet failed to secure a result at the opening weekend in Belgium but showed his early-season form by winning a stage at the Tour of Oman. He will have the support of Alberto Bettiol, Damiano Caruso, Stefan Küng, Michael Schär, Francisco Ventoso and Loïc Vliegen for the dirt road race in the steep hills south of Siena. His major rivals for the first Italian one-day WorldTour race of the 2018 season include world champion Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), Kwiatkowski and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky), Alexey Lutsenko (Astana), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data), Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) and cyclo-cross world champion Wout van Aert (Verandas Willems-Crelan). After snow ...

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