Van Avermaet will be supported by a strong team on the new parcours, which is well suited to Van Avermaet, Sports Director Valerio Piva said.
“It’s clear that Greg Van Avermaet is our leader at Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France, where he has twice placed in the top ten, especially this year as the changes in the parcours should suit him even more. The narrow roads and two gravel sections coming 60 kilometers from the finishing circuit are the kinds of terrain Greg likes. He is in good shape and has been training well so, he is motivated for a good race on Sunday,” Piva said.
“We have a strong team in support of Greg and as the race often comes down to a bunch sprint or a small group staying away, we need to race attentively and aggressively to cover all moves and ensure we are present at the front of the race. Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France is always a good indication of everyone’s form in what is the start of the last two months of racing.”
Van Avermaet is motivated to return to Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France after missing the race in 2018.
“I’ve been training well in Saint Moritz since my last race at Binck Bank Tour and I hope to see the results this weekend at Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France. I’m feeling good and I’m motivated to start my last races of the season in the lead up to the World Championships. It’s a race that is always quite unpredictable but I hope we can make it a hard race as that is always in my favor,” Van Avermaet explained.
“Although it’s not a race where I have been on the podium, I think the new parcours is going to suit me more and a good result will give me confidence ahead of the races in Canada and the World Championships, which is a big goal of mine this season.”
Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (1 September)
Rider roster: Josef Černy (CZE), Łukasz Owsian (POL), Michael Schär (SUI), Laurens Ten Dam (NED), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbuck (BEL), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL)
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA)