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"Last year I rode my best spring classics so far, but lacked the big win. I can't blame myself much. It's just hard to win a classic. You have only three or four chances. I did good races last year. In Roubaix I even...

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09.02.2016 @ 10:23 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Greg Van Avermaet is preparing for the new season in Qatar. He has one major goal: to win a classic. "I am frustrated to have to say that every year. Last season was good but I lacked the big win."



Greg Van Avermaet was seventh in the first stage in Qatar. He wants to finish high in the GC but this race is mainly preparation for his great goal: the classics. "For me, this is ideal. This is fast, there is wind, you have to fight ... Just like in the classics," he tells Sporza.


"Last year I rode my best spring classics so far, but lacked the big win. I can't blame myself much. It's just hard to win a classic. You have only three or four chances. I did good races last year. In Roubaix I even did the perfect race, but Degenkolb was faster at the finish. You have to accept that.


"I am frustrated that I have to say it again each year, but the big classic win must come. Only then will my season be a success. I've earned enough places of honor and I've competed for the win everywhere. Now I hope for that extra step. I cannot do it fast enough. I have wanted it for a few years but apparently I just have to wait and see.


"For which race do I want to peak? It's hard for me to peak. I usually perform at a high level the whole season. I have a good winter behind me so that will be no different this year. I will be there from Omloop Het Nieuwsblad to the Amstel Gold Race.


"I expect the same names in the classics: Boonen, Cancellara... Gilbert? The decision on who is the leader is not taken by our team yet. We're going to do some races together, but I don't hnow what will happen in the Tour of Flanders. I think that race is my best and that I will be allowed to ride for myself anyway.



"The preparation for the Tour will be a bit the same as last year. There are less chances for a stage win, but maybe I can get the yellow jersey. We don't start with a time trial and the second stage suits me sot it's possibe."


"The Worlds is not really a major goal. You should take your chance every year, but it is difficult as the course is tailored to the sprinters.



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