Van Avermaet: I always start Strade Bianche with the thought of winning it

SIENA ITALY MARCH 09 Greg Van Avermaet of Belgium and CCC Team Simon Clarke of Australia and Team EF Education First during the Eroica 13th Strade Bianche 2019 a 184km race from Siena to SienaPiazza del Campo StradeBianche on March 09 2019 in Siena Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Van Avermaet at the 2019 Strade Bianche (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mathieu van der Poel, Wout van Aert, and Remco Evenepoel are driving generational change in the peloton but Greg van Avermaet is not yet ready to step aside and fancies his chances against his young rivals at Strade Bianche, convinced he still has a future as a team leader even if the CCC Team struggles to find a new backer for 2021.

"I think my condition is good enough. I always start Strade Bianche with the thought of winning it, even if I feel in the dark about everyone else's chances," the 35-year-old Belgian said, talking to the media in Tuscany before a final ride to study the dry and dusty gravel roads.

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