Video: Greg van Avermaet at the 2014 Tour of California

Greg van Avermaet (BMC)

Greg van Avermaet (BMC) (Image credit: Cyclingnews)

Greg Van Avermaet was one of the most aggressive, consistent riders at the front of the Spring Classics this year, riding away from the bunch on a regular basis and then attacking the breakaways to make the winning moves. But for all his effort and good form, Van Avermaet was unable to break through to the top step of the podium.

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.