Van Avermaet Frustrated With Second Place, Again, In Quebec

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) on the start line in Quebec

Greg Van Avermaet ( BMC Racing ) expressed his frustration at placing second for a fourth time at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec on Friday. In a post-race press conference, the Olympic road race champion said that the course suits his characteristics as a rider but that there always seems to be someone faster than him at the finish line – and this time it was Michael Matthews (Sunweb). "It's frustrating," Van Avermaet said. "Especially because I was beaten twice by Peter Sagan , and last year I beat Matthews, so I was hoping to win this one." Van Avermaet came into the one-day WorldTour race as an overwhelming favourite, in part because he's been runner-up so many times: in 2012 behind Simon Gerrans, and in the 2016 and 2017 editions, losing both times to Sagan. Last year, the race finished in a group sprint where Sagan took the ...

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