Greg Van Avermaet: “It's nice to finally win a monument”

interview09.04.2017The race- Compiègne / Roubaix

“At the beginning of my career, I came to the velodrome of Roubaix and I thought it would be impossible for me to win here but ten years later, I've done it. I've worked a lot for that. Every year, I've improved my cycling and finally I've won it. I remained calm and I had a good team on my side at the right time when I had a mechanical. I came across to the best riders without losing too much energy. Daniel Oss did a really good race. It's been a good day for us as a team. I did everything I had to do. I was very confident in my sprint. I've won many sprints in small groups. I'm one of the fastest guys, but when two riders came back, Jasper [Stuyven] and [Gianni] Moscon, it changed the strategy. Their come-back was not expected, but I did everything well. I had the power to beat Stybar. I'm really happy. The Olympic title will always be my best victory but it's very nice to finally have a monument. I've tried for several years to win one. I've believed I could do it. Winning helps to win again. I'm also happy to win Tom Boonen's last race.”

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