Van Avermaet returns to racing in Tour of California

Greg Van Avermaet will make his return to racing at the Amgen Tour of California following the crash at Ronde van Vlaanderen which left him with a broken collarbone. 

BMC Racing Team Sports Director Jackson Stewart said he is expecting a strong showing from the eight-rider squad.

“We’re taking a really strong team to the Amgen Tour of California so we are going in with both General Classification and stage win ambitions. There’s not one rider on the team who isn’t capable of getting a good result and for Brent Bookwalter  and Taylor Phinney, it’s one of the few occasions they can race on home soil too, which is extra motivation. Of course it’s great to see Greg back racing too.”

Van Avermaet is looking forward to getting back into the peloton.

“It’s been a long road to recovery since breaking my collarbone at the beginning of April so the Amgen Tour of California is a perfect race to use as a transition and build up my racing form again. At this stage it’s not so much about getting  a result but more getting the race days in the legs. I’m really looking forward  to racing with my teammates again!”

BMC team for Amgen Tour of California (29 April – 1 May): Brent Bookwalter, Rohan Dennis, Jempy Drucker, Taylor Phinney, Samuel Sánchez, Michael Schär, Greg Van Avermaet, Danilo Wyss.