Greg Van Avermaet

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Greg Van Avermaet
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Van Avermaet in 2011
Personal information
Full name Greg Van Avermaet
Nickname Avi
Born (1985-05-17) 17 May 1985 (age 30)
Lokeren, Belgium
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 74 kg (163 lb)
Team information
Current team BMC Racing Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
2006 Bodysol-Win for Life-Jong Vlaanderen
2007–2010 Predictor-Lotto
2011– BMC Racing Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Vuelta a España
Points classification (2008)
1 individual stage (2008)

Stage races

Tour of Belgium (2015)
Tour de Wallonie (2011, 2013)

One-day races and Classics

Paris-Tours (2011)
Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen (2007)
Infobox last updated on
31 May 2015

Greg Van Avermaet (born 17 May 1985) is a Belgian professional road bicycle racer, currently riding for UCI ProTeam BMC Racing Team.[1]

Career[edit]

He started cycle racing at the age of 19, having previously played football as a goalkeeper.[2]

Van Avermaet's breakthrough year as a professional came in 2007 where he had 4 notable victories and a number of good placings on recognized races as it was his first year on major team Predictor-Lotto.

In 2012, Avermaet came very close to winning the World Tour race Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec. He placed a strong attack in the steep Côte de la Montagne, with about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) to cover and he was followed by Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEDGE). The pair built a sizable gap with the peloton and contested the slightly uphill sprint where Gerrans prevailed.[3]

In 2013, Van Avermaet won the Flandrian of the Year award thanks to his consistency in high profile races along with Chris Froome, who won the International version.[4]

In 2014, Van Avermaet started the season strongly by taking second places in both the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and the Tour of Flanders. He participated in the Tour de France and helped his leader Tejay van Garderen to a fifth place overall.[5] Later in the campaign, Van Avermaet finished for the third year in a row inside the top 5 of the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec. He attacked on the final rise, but folded near the line.[6] In September, Van Avermaet earned a prestigious victory at the 1.HC GP de Wallonie. He was part of a 4 rider move that broke clear with 20 km to go, and with the peloton on their heels, Van Avermaet attacked in the final bends to cross the line first.[7] A couple of days later, he won the GP Impanis-Van Petegem. It was later revealed in October that Van Avermaet had won the Flandrian of the year award for the second season in a row.[8]

In 2015, Van Avermaet placed second of the Strade Bianche behind Zdenek Stybar.[9] He got his first victory of the season on Stage 3 of Tirreno–Adriatico by winning the sprint of a small group.[10] In April, he went on to get the third step of the podium in the Tour of Flanders after dropping Peter Sagan while chasing for the winning duet in the finale.[11] A week later, he had a prestigious podium placing at Paris–Roubaix, finishing third after being on the attack for the final kilometers.[12] Despite being under investigation for doping at that time (see section below), Van Avermaet participated in the Amstel Gold Race and finished fifth.[13] On 31 May 2015, Van Avermaet won both the final stage in the Tour of Belgium as well as the general classification.[14]

Doping allegations[edit]

In April 2015 the Royal Belgian Cycling League requested a two year ban for Van Avermaet, the disqualification of all his results during the 2012 season and a €262,500 fine following an investigation into suspected anti-doping offences. It was reported in the Belgian media that their accusations focused on allegations of Van Avermaet's use of the corticoid Diprophos, and Vaminolact, a fortified baby food which is banned from being injected.[15][16] On 7 May 2015, it was announced that Avermaet was cleared of all allegations.[17]

Palmarès[edit]

2006
1st MaillotBélgica.PNG National Under-23 Road Race Championships
1st Kattekoers
2nd U-23 Paris–Tours
4th GP de Waregem
2007
1st Stage 5 Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 Tour de Wallonie
1st Rund und dem Hainleite-Erfurt
1st Memorial Rik Van Steenbergen
3rd Ronde van het Groene Hart
3rd GP Briek Schotte
4th Grand Prix d'Isbergues - Pas de Calais
4th Nokere-Koerse
6th Halle-Ingooigem
8th Vattenfall Cyclassics
9th Overall Tour of Belgium
2008
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Ain
1st Stage 9 Vuelta a España
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
2nd Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 3
3rd Overall Tour of Qatar
3rd E3 Prijs Vlaanderen
7th GP Ouest France- Plouay
7th GP Stad Zottegem
7th Overall Tour de Picardie
8th Tour of Flanders
2009
1st Heistse Pijl
4th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
4th Halle-Ingooigem
4th National Road Race Championships
5th Overall Tour of Belgium
5th Grand Prix d'Isbergues - Pas de Calais
6th Grote Prijs Jef Scherens - Rondom Leuven
9th GP du Canton d'Argovie
2010
3rd Halle-Ingooigem
5th UCI Road World Championships
7th Gp Stad Zottegem
8th Brabantse Pijl
9th Overall Tour de L'Ain
2011
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Stage 5
1st Stage 6 Tour of Austria
1st Jersey red.svg Points classification
1st Paris–Tours
2nd Gran Piemonte
2nd Overall Tour of Belgium
3rd Clásica de San Sebastián
4th Halle-Ingooigem
7th Liège–Bastogne–Liège
7th Binche–Chimay–Binche
9th Milan – San Remo
9th Montepaschi Strade Bianche
2012
2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
2nd Grand Prix de Wallonie
4th Tour of Flanders
5th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
5th Strade Bianche
5th Brabantse Pijl
6th Paris–Tours
8th Gran Piemonte
9th Trofeo Deià
2013
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Wallonie
1st Stages 3 & 5
1st Points classification
1st Stage 1 Tour of Utah
3rd Gent–Wevelgem
3rd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
3rd Binche–Chimay–Binche
4th Paris–Roubaix
4th Gullegem Koerse
4th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
5th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
6th Overall Tour of Qatar
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
6th Strade Bianche
6th Brabantse Pijl
6th Grosser Preis des Kantons Aargau
7th Tour of Flanders
2014
1st Grand Prix de Wallonie[18]
1st GP Impanis-Van Petegem
2nd Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
2nd Tour of Flanders
5th Overall Eneco Tour[19]
1st Stage 5
5th Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
5th 2014 UCI Road World Championships
7th Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal
10th E3 Harelbeke
10th Overall Tour of Belgium
2015
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Tour of Belgium
1st Stage 4
1st Stage 3 Tirreno–Adriatico
2nd Strade Bianche[20]
3rd Tour of Flanders
3rd Paris–Roubaix
5th Overall Tour of Qatar[21]
5th Amstel Gold Race
6th Omloop Het Nieuwsblad[22]
7th Overall Tour de Yorkshire

Grand Tour general classification results timeline:

Grand Tour 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour 89 38
red jersey Vuelta 66 49 83

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BMC Racing Team (BMC) – USA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Beaudin, Matthew (27 February 2015). "Van Avermaet Q&A: In search of brilliance, and Flanders". VeloNews. Retrieved 23 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gerrans wins GP de Quebec". Yahoo! Eurosport (TF1 Group). 7 September 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Emil Axelgaard (18 October 2013). "Van Avermaet and Froome win 'Flandrian of the Year' award". cyclingquotes (CyclingQuotes.com 2013). Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Classements à l'issue de l'étape 21". Le Tour de France (Amaury Sport Organization). End July. Retrieved 18 September 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Gerrans wins Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  7. ^ Emil Axelgaard (17 September 2014). "Van Avermaet: I was confident in my sprint". Cycling Quotes (CyclingQuotes.com 2013). Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "News shorts: Hushovd says Armstrong admitted doping in 2011". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 15 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  9. ^ "Stybar wins 2015 Strade Bianche". cyclingnews.com. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tirreno-Adriatico: Van Avermaet wins stage 3". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 13 March 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Barry Ryan (5 April 2015). "Sagan falls short again in Tour of Flanders finale". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  12. ^ "Degenkolb wins Paris-Roubaix". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 12 April 2015. Retrieved 13 April 2015. 
  13. ^ "Kwiatkowski sprints to first victory in rainbow jersey in Amstel Gold Race". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). 19 April 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2015. 
  14. ^ Kev Monks (1 June 2015). "Greg Van Avermaet Wins Baloise Belgium Tour9". Sport.co.uk (2012–2015 Sport.co.uk). Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Belgian Federation requests two-year doping ban for Greg Van Avermaet". cyclingnews.com. 16 April 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  16. ^ Richard Windsor (16 April 2015). "Greg Van Avermaet facing possibility of two-year ban after doping hearing". Cycling Weekly (IPC Media Sports & Leisure network). Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Van Avermaet cleared of doping charges". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). 7 May 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2015. 
  18. ^ "Grand Prix de Wallonie 2014". cyclingnews.com. 17 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  19. ^ Benson, Daniel (17 August 2014). "Wellens wins the Eneco Tour". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Stybar wins 2015 Strade Bianche". cyclingnews.com. 7 March 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  21. ^ "Sam Bennett wins final stage of Tour of Qatar". cyclingnews.com. 13 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  22. ^ "Stannard sees off Quickstep to win incredible Omloop Het Nieuwsblad". cyclingnews.com. 28 February 2015. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Greg Van Avermaet at Wikimedia Commons