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Best Cyclist In 2017

Greg Van Avermaet is a professional road bicycle racer from Belgium. In 2016 he won gold for the men’s individual road race event at the Summer Olympics. Van Avermaet is ranked as the world’s best cyclist on both the UCI World Tour and UCI World Ranking since April 2017. He is currently a participant in the UCI WorldTeam BMC Racing Team for which he received numerous rewards. From all his wins, it is evident that his career trajectory has a strong direction headed at the victory.

The most important years in his career are:

  • 2006 – championship of Belgium
  • 2016 – became an Olympic champion


Greg Van Avermaet was born on May 17th, 1985 in the family of cyclists. He began to ride a bike at the age of 19 and has been in the professional sport already for 12 years. At the age of 21, the cyclist became a Belgian champion in the amateur category. In 2007, he became a champion of the Tour of Qatar, which followed with the victory in the Vuelta a Espana. Van Avermaet constantly improved his results in sport, but always finished the final selections of the races. However, in 2016 he became an Olympic champion, making this victory his first monument race.

One of the most remarkable events in the career of Van Avermaet was his transfer to BMC where he still participates as one of the best athletes. The team found a way to develop his skills and he claimed several victories for BMC in 2011. Among them were Tour of Austria, Tour de Wallonie, and Paris-Tours. Van Avermaet did not stop there and in 2016 became the Olympic champion in the category of the men’s individual road race in Rio de Janeiro. The next year he continued to bring the victories for his team and at the Tour of the Valencian Community, BMC gain an honour to be the competition’s opening team. In spring he won the E3 Harelbeke and takes the victory in Gent-Wevelgem only several days later.

Recent Victories

It is evident that till 2015 Van Avermaet did have many victories but he always demonstrates a skillful masterhood, which further brought him to success. Moreover, he achieved numerous top 10 and various podium finishes, which supports the claim about his promising talent. It is still evident that 2017 became the most successful year for Van Avermaet as he won the UCI WorldTour with 3582 points over 3452 points earned by Chris Froome, who possessed the second place and Tom Dumoulin with his 2545 in the third place. The Classics spring period of 2017 is Van Avermaet’s best season ever. Even not being a winner, Van Avermaet always stayed consistent taking second places in grand tournaments.

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