Van Avermaet: I don't need to be scared of anybody

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Becoming Olympic champion in Rio last year elevated Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) to a new level of fame in his home country, but one aspect of his life remains unaltered: The Tour of Flanders is still the race he covets above all others. There are many residual perks to winning Olympic gold, but Van Avermaet seems keen to leave most of them aside for the time being lest they distract from preparations for the Ronde.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.