Greg Van Avermaet says he is targeting the World Championships in Harrogate as he plots his calendar to success in 2019. The Belgian took gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and while not achieving the results he may have liked this year, still managed to wear the yellow jersey for eight stages at the Tour de France.
Having often had to share leadership responsibilities at Team BMC, he is set to be the top man at CCC, most notably for his beloved spring Classics.
The 33-year-old will then look towards the Tour and the Worlds in September.
GVA won this year’s Tour de Yorkshire and believes the parcours in Harrogate suits him enough to target adding the rainbow jersey to his Olympic gold.
He said: “It’s a good course for me. I like the distance, it is super long. It’s going to be a hard race. It’s good for me. “The problem is by the Worlds I’ve had a really long season and sometimes I need some extra freshness in the legs to win at the Worlds. “I’m going to try to do the combination again, do the Classics and Tour, which is really important, and then try to build up again to the Worlds.
“Yorkshire is a race I love. I’ve been three times and it’s a parcours that suits me. Every time I go there I get good results, so let’s hope I can show it in the one-day race. I’m looking forward to the atmosphere already.”