Van Avermaet: I can no longer say I'm not the Tour of Flanders favourite

Remember Greg Van Avermaet, the nearly man? The memories are fading fast. Nowadays everything the BMC rider touches turns to gold, like the strip on the sleeve of his jersey, and Sunday's victory at Gent-Wevelgem – completing an unprecedented triple after Omloop Het Nieuwsblad earlier in the year and E3 Harelbeke earlier in the week – was the latest triumph for a man who is quickly making up for lost time.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.