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Van Avermaet confident he will be 100 percent for Tour of Flanders

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BMC's Greg Van Avermaet said he will be 100 percent for Sunday's Tour of Flanders.

BMC's Greg Van Avermaet said he will be 100 percent for Sunday's Tour of Flanders.
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BMC's Greg Van Avermaet speaks at a press conference ahead of Sunday's Tour of Flanders.

BMC's Greg Van Avermaet speaks at a press conference ahead of Sunday's Tour of Flanders.
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) wins stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) wins stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico
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Greg Van Avermaet fell short this year after coming second in 2014.

Greg Van Avermaet fell short this year after coming second in 2014.
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing).

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing).
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Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg Van Avermaet (BMC)
(Image credit: Sirotti)

Lest there were any doubts, this is Tom Boonen country. On Friday afternoon, two days before the Tour of Flanders, an armada of television crews from Belgium and beyond descended upon Etixx-QuickStep’s media gathering at a laminate flooring warehouse in Wielsbeke, where the injured Boonen shot down speculation that he might line out after all.

Around the same time in a small conference at the Broel Hotel in Kortrijk, a rather more low-key ensemble listened to Greg Van Avermaet, a local rider who could very well triumph on Sunday, discuss his Ronde prospects in a voice so quiet that it scarcely reached the reporters sitting in the front row.

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