Van Avermaet: A win in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 'helps clear your head' for other Classics

GERAARDSBERGEN BELGIUM SEPTEMBER 05 Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium and AG2R Citren Team competes during the 17th Benelux Tour 2021 Stage 7 a 1809km stage from Namur to Geraardsbergen BeneluxTour on September 05 2021 in Geraardsbergen Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Greg Van Avermaet (Image credit: Getty Images)

It’s fair to say if you had to narrow it down to one rider in the peloton for whom Omloop Het Nieuwsblad holds no secrets, it is Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R Citroen), albeit by a very short margin over Philippe Gilbert (Lotto-Soudal). 

The 36-year-old Belgian’s 14 starts to date is one less than the record in the current peloton, held by Gilbert. And Van Avermaet has the same number of wins as Gilbert - two, in his case in 2016 and 2017.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.