Besieged Van Avermaet finishes sixth in Omloop

After a tumultuous start of the day, Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) took part in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. The 29 year-old Belgian rider is linked to a doping case with ‘ozone therapy’ doctor Chris Mertens and he has to provide some explanations to the Belgian cycling federation at the end of March. His BMC team decided not to hold Van Avermaet off the bike and let him race the Omloop in which he was a favourite after finishing runner-up last year behind Ian Stannard (Team Sky).

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