'I'm a little scared' - Greg Van Avermaet to channel Paris-Roubaix cobbles experience at Unbound Gravel

Greg Van Avermaet ride on the cobblestones in a breakaway during the 2017 Paris-Roubaix
Greg Van Avermaet ride on the cobblestones in a breakaway during the 2017 Paris-Roubaix (Image credit: Getty Images)

Greg Van Avermaet won the lottery to earn his debut spot on the start line at the upcoming Unbound Gravel, which will be held on June 1 in Emporia, Kansas. The former Olympic gold medallist, Tour de France stage winner, and Paris-Roubaix champion admitted that he doesn't know what to expect and that he is a little 'scared' but hopes to channel his wealth of experience in cobbled one-day racing into the rough and rugged 200-mile event.

"I’ve trained as much as possible to ensure I'll be ready for Unbound, and I'm looking forward to competing at this level of racing. The event has been in my head to try for a few years now, and having retired from the road last year, it's nice to be able to do more adventure stuff like this and try something different," Van Avermaet said.

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