‘I’ve had to prove I could do it my entire career, but with Olympic gold there is recognition’

Greg Van Avermaet hopes his Olympic Games gold medal will allow him to take a free role at the World Championships in October

‘I’ve Had To Prove I Could Do It My Entire Career, But With Olympic Gold There Is Recognition’

Greg Van Avermaet wins the men’s road race at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Greg Van Avermaet1 admits he may not be the best card the Belgium team has to play at the World Championships in October2, but says the confidence he s taken from his Olympic Games victory makes him feel he can win the rainbow stripes.

Tom Boonen3 is believed to be the trump card in a race that is almost certain to come down to a bunch sprint. The Classics legend has won three races since July 234 to prove that he is still among the best fast men in the peloton. But Van Avermaet, the perennial Classics runner up, hopes his Rio 2016 road race triumph5 will allow him to take a free role in the World Championships and also target the win.

We must go with the Belgian team as outsiders to the World Championships and see what it is. Tom Boonen certainly has a chance in the sprint, but I see myself playing a free role, he said, quoted in Sporza.6

I hope to do during the World Championships what I love to do, which is attack.

The Olympic title brings me some peace. I have had to prove my entire career that I could do it, but with that gold medal that has happened.

The recognition is there now.

The 2016 UCI road World Championships7 takes place in Doha, Qatar between October 9-16, with the men s road race contested over a flat 257.5km course.


  1. ^ Greg Van Avermaet (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  2. ^ the World Championships in October (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  3. ^ Tom Boonen (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  4. ^ won three races since July 23 (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  5. ^ hopes his Rio 2016 road race triumph (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)
  6. ^ quoted in Sporza. (sporza.be)
  7. ^ UCI road World Championships (www.cyclingweekly.co.uk)

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